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Alphabet Trucks
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Alphabet Trucks

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by Samantha R. Vamos, Ryan O'Rourke (Illustrator)

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Everyone’s heard of a tow truck. And a pickup truck. An ice-cream truck? Of course! But what about a quint truck? A lowboy truck? A knuckle-boom truck? Readers will learn about these kinds of trucks—and many more—while learning the alphabet in ALPHABET TRUCKS.

Each letter of the alphabet is accounted for in this introductory concept book for


Everyone’s heard of a tow truck. And a pickup truck. An ice-cream truck? Of course! But what about a quint truck? A lowboy truck? A knuckle-boom truck? Readers will learn about these kinds of trucks—and many more—while learning the alphabet in ALPHABET TRUCKS.

Each letter of the alphabet is accounted for in this introductory concept book for young readers. From the familiar to the unusual, Samantha Vamos writes in snappy verse to present twenty-six different kinds of trucks, explaining where they work and what they do. From a dump truck that unloads a pile of dirt containing the letter "D," to a fuel truck filling up at a tank shaped like the letter "F," Ryan O’Rourke’s playful and light-hearted illustrations involve the letters in supporting roles in each scene.

Perfect for the truck lover, ALPHABET TRUCKS provides a fun and accessible way for children to learn their ABCs.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jill Walton
How does an engine sound? Anybody knows that! A convoy of trucks on the cover of a picture book and preschoolers go together. This alphabet book names and defines a different type of truck for each letter of the alphabet. Many of the trucks have names that are not familiar or traditional but they are used for work we all recognize. Strong colors and stylized drawings of children, landscapes and vehicles are appealing. Some of the trucks have drivers and some of the drivers are out of their trucks. Sometimes no people are visible at all. The letter D tumbles out of the dump truck and the upper and lower case of that letter becomes part of the job that particular truck performs. Rhyming ties one letter of the alphabet to the next letter. Many of the pictures invite a child to locate how many times a letter appears on a page. A follow-up after reading this book might be to ask children what kinds of trucks they can name that are not on these pages or trucks that might have a different name for the same job. Reviewer: Jill Walton
Kirkus Reviews
Another new alphabet book--and focused on trucks? Yep. So put on your hard hats and get ready to roll with these 26 hardworking trucks featured in rhyming verse. Trucks are magnets for little boys, and this convoy will both delight and introduce them to unusual ones. The alphabetic lineup has some obvious ones, like D for dump truck and P for pickup truck, but most of the vehicles will be new to fans, and many have surprising jobs. C is for cargo, G is for grapple, K is for knuckle-boom, L is for lowboy, O is for ore, Q is for quint (a truck with hose, tank, ladders and pump), V is for vacuum and X is for X-ray truck. Oils and acrylics illustrate the rhymes with graphic simplicity, incorporating multiple letters into the scenes: I is for ice cream truck, and the cones are "I" shapes. The letters are paired two to a spread across the gutter, interacting with each other: The snowplow truck and tow truck form a snowy scene. Gear up, as this is bound to be a hit. From apple truck to zipper truck, "Day and night. / just watch and see. / Trucks work hard / from A to Z." Vroom, vroom! (Picture book. 3-6)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Hardworking trucks zoom across the pages of this vocabulary-rich concept book. Each spread features two trucks in a rhymed couplet that occasionally trips the tongue with clunky rhyme and meter, and while it will take practice to read the book aloud smoothly for storytime, this is not a major problem. From apple truck to ore truck to zipper truck, young vehicle enthusiasts will find something to excite them in this attractive abecedarian offering. There are some unusual trucks here, and that makes the book stand out from the everyday vehicle offering, as do O'Rourke's retro-feel oil and acryclic renditions. Each truck sports a letter in a lively font, and the pages feature multicultural men, women, and children. The pages are nicely designed, with plenty of space for the trucks and the letters to shine. A fun choice for letter recognition and vocabulary building.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

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7.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Samantha R. Vamos is the author of THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book, ALPHABET TRUCKS, and BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, ME AMOR. Samantha lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Alphabet Trucks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
A line of trucks drive past a group of people and show their uses. From A to Z, there is a truck for each letter! Why I liked this book – I really like how the cute and colorful illustrations really portray the trucks as they are but in a fun way. The trucks have a wide variety of jobs. I like how Ms. Vamos found a truck for each letter – including Q, X, V, and Z (I had no idea what a quint truck was before I read this book!). :) I think this is a great example how an author and illustrator works together to make a wonderful picture book. I love how the letters are involved in the pictures (like how the Vacuum Truck is sucking up capital and lowercase v’s). The rhyme is also a great part of the book – it makes it even more fun to read! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more with the last review - Screech! And park it here for an incredibly erudite, delightfully written, vehicular romp through the alphabet with Samantha Vamos. If you have a mini mechanic in your family, you need to check out this book which will expand your knowledge about trucks as it educates your tiny one. How about that? A literary adventure for moms and pops as well as their babies. Ms. Vamos does it again with her clear, quick prose and underlying depth of content. It's a book that will continue to enchant and inform long after the alphabet is mastered. Don't miss this one, it's a winner.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vroom! Rumble! Zoom! Here come the trucks! Did you know there is a truck for every letter of the alphabet? Young readers learning the alphabet are in for a real treat with the newest book from author Samantha R. Vamos. With bright, lively drawings and creative rhyme, this book shines. I is for ice-cream truck,/with frozen treats to taste,/J is for junk truck,/removing scrap and waste. The pages of this book are free of clutter and make the letters and trucks easily stand out. The retro-illustrations bring back fond memories of books from the 60’s and earlier – simple and fun. For me, it brought back recollections of my favorite childhood book, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. I’ve read a lot of alphabet books and was quite curious to see how this one would handle the more difficult letters. I’m not a truck expert, but I honestly couldn’t think of trucks for some letters. Fortunately, Vamos is far more creative than I and wrote a book that flows easily, uses all the letters of the alphabet, includes some neat trucks, and will easily engage even reluctant readers. If your child is learning the alphabet, consider this book to help him/her along. Quill says: Young truck enthusiasts will love learning the alphabet with Alphabet Trucks!