Grades 1-3. Digby the dog loves to take drives with his best friend Percy. When the two enter the Didsworth auto race, they encounter several obstacles along the way, including Digby’s ruthlessly competitive neighbor, Lou Ella. Broken into six short chapters with charming illustrations and only a few sentences per page, this book is perfect for beginning readers starting to move beyond the picture book. Duos such as Elephant and Piggie and Frog and Toad come to mind as Hughes’ hounds embark upon their tortoise-and-hare-style adventure. Sweet and simple, the illustrations and story will amuse young readers as Digby and Percy drive through town meeting other residents in their race for the finish line. A section of “fun extras” follows the story, complete with car games, activities, and a reading challenge. The first of three planned adventures, this is a delightful addition to early chapter books.