The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race might be described as a bit of a period piece even though it's more recent than what I'd expect. Perhaps it's a city versus suburb thing, but I definitely associate the child racing (e.g. soap box race cars) with the 1960s suburbs. However, it's not a homemade race car, but a store bough shiny car. Wait, I take that back. I do remember a little speedway where kids could zoom around a race track. Of course, there's also the ride in Tomorrowland at Disney. Thus, maybe it's because I'm not a race fan, or perhaps because I didn't find "putt-putt" cute, but I wasn't overly fond of this one. But many might, so here's the blurb.
It's the classic tale of the underdog, in this case Brother Bear with his smaller less sleek-looking car joins a race which four mean-looking drivers. Naturally, they leave him in the dust. However, one by one the other driver's arrogance gets in their way. From potholes, to dangerous curves, to a snack stand, the other drivers drop out leaving Brother Bear, who never quit, to putt-putt triumphantly across the finish line to cheering crowds.
As always, this story is well-written with a catchy amount of rhyme. The illustrations are detailed and colorful. I'd guess suitable for grades 1-3. Maybe the Blueberry will enjoy it, though it just wasn't for me.
Source: Library Book