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The Race of the Century

by Barry Downard

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The story of the tortoise and the hare with photograph illustrations.
  erikalynn12 | Apr 14, 2013 |
"Race of the Century" is based on the old tale about the turtle and the hare. This version, however, has the most amazing illustrations. The author/illustrator combines real portraits with sketches and the results are hilarious. The book stays true to the original tale, but includes some interesting, ecclectic characters. ( )
  jcloke | Nov 25, 2009 |
Downard uses quirky photo collages to illustrate his retelling of the tortoise and the hare, a version in which the hare is a bodybuilding narcissist who loves nothing more than having his photo taken and signing autographs for adoring fans. While readers may enjoy the modern twist on a classic tale, Downard's writing simply isn't artful enough to make it a very engaging read. ( )
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Fed up with his incessant taunting, Tom Tortoise challenges Flash Harry Hare to the race of the century, which turns into a world-wide media event complete with television and newspaper coverage, photographers, and many other distractions.

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