What’s Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?

What’s faster than a cheetah?—no animal on earth can run faster. But a peregrine falcon can swoop faster than a cheetah can run. And the falcon can’t compare to an airplane, a rocket, or the speed of light. Lively text and watercolors will make children laugh while they learn all about speed.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.5" x 7"
  • 9780807522813
  • January 1997

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  • 9780807593523
  • March 2015

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  • A chart compares how long each creature or object would take to get to the moon—a good exercise in understanding comparisons, as well as chart-reading. The illustrations are active and bright.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Always in sync with the way children think, Wells takes each concept and makes it concrete, vivid, and understandable as he takes it to its logical conclusion. Even better, the illustrations make it all fun, taking the characters on an improbable journey through space at ever-accelerating speeds. A trip children won’t want to miss.

    - Booklist

  • The bright pen and acrylic illustrations add humor to the simple text…This book will be very useful for teachers and parents when talking about speed with young learners.

    - Children's Literature

Awards & Accolades

  • CBC/IRA Children's Choices for 1998
  • Best Children's Books of the Year 1998, Bank Street College

Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 4.10