by Bob Shea
HarperCollins, 2013. Unpaged. Picture Book.
The little cats are excited for the big race because maybe this year, they'll be able to beat Cheetah even though he is "big and fast" and they are just "little and cats." While it's true the little cats have shorter legs their brains are plenty big enough so they figure to take out Cheetah in the prelims. He wins every race, but the prizes are special wooden shoes, an enormous ice cream sundae (after the pie-eating contest), and a crown that slides down over his eyes. By the time the big race rolls around, Cheetah is a mess. Did I win? he asks, blinded by the crown. See what the little cats do, in an ending that is a bit of a surprise.