Old Blue is Chuck’s truck. When Chuck gets ready to go to town, his barnyard friends gather around. Into the truck climb the duck Luck, dogs Nip and Tuck, the burro Buck, workhorse Huck, the chicken that goes “cluck,” Sue and Lou, and the goat Flo, too. So come along, jump in Old Blue—there’s still some room just for you!
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Chuck's Truck

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Old Blue is Chuck’s truck. When Chuck gets ready to go to town, his barnyard friends gather around. Into the truck climb the duck Luck, dogs Nip and Tuck, the burro Buck, workhorse Huck, the chicken that goes “cluck,” Sue and Lou, and the goat Flo, too. So come along, jump in Old Blue—there’s still some room just for you!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Chuck and his truck accumulate a series of passengers, each giving Anderson a chance to play with words. First she begins with "uck": so we have a duck named Luck, a chicken who goes "cluck," a dog named Tuck, Buck the burro, and Huck the workhorse. The rhymes then change for Fat Cat Pat and Sue and Lou. By the time the jam-packed truck reaches town, it breaks down and must be towed. Handyman Hugh and his crew "know exactly what to do." They "make the truck like new." Chuck and company are very happy with the truck that "will NOT break down!" And readers will enjoy the word play in the simple story. The double-page scenes are filled with the rusty blue pickup and the very friendly animals that fill every space. Smiles change to expressions of concern, then sadness and complaints, finally to smiling joy when the repaired truck arrives with its bright blue paint job. The comic presentation and fine sense of active page design keep the action moving. 2006, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As a farmer sets off for town in his well-used pickup truck, his barnyard animals decide to go along. The duck Luck climbs onboard and is soon joined by a "chicken that goes `cluck,'" two dogs named Nip and Tuck, a burro called Buck, and several other critters. With such a heavy load, it's no surprise that the old truck breaks down upon reaching town. After calling for help from Handyman Hugh and his crew, Chuck is soon reunited with a shiny blue, totally refurbished pickup. Filled with rhyming language, this story will be a boon for beginning readers who will easily identify the rhyming words. One of the book's strongest features is the way the illustrations give visual clues to support the narrative while still adding to the humor of the plot. Anderson uses a crayon-resist technique to great effect, and the pictures are filled with dimension and texture. The bright colors are vibrant and energetic. This title will be a welcome addition to most collections, not only for its appeal to newly independent readers, but also for fun barnyard and vehicle storytimes.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tight rhymes and loud pictures tell the story of a trip to town for a farmer and his critters. When the farm animals hear Chuck starting his truck, all of them wanna hop aboard! In turn, the duck, the chicken, the dogs, the burro, the workhorse, the cat and the old goat jump on. Anderson packs her lean text with simple rhymes ("Fat Cat Pat," "The duck Luck rides in the truck with Chuck"), and her watercolor illustrations are a riot of bold hues. The horse is a vivid yellow with a white mane, Nip the dog an equally loud orange and the duck a brilliant turquoise. But when they get to town, the truck breaks down. It falls to Handyman Hugh, and naturally his crew, to fix the vehicle so Chuck and company can return home. A near-perfect marriage of text and illustration, and a bright, attractive vehicle for aspiring readers. (Picture book. 3- 8)
From the Publisher
"Both the pithy rhyming text and the bold, expressive animals are sure to tickle preschoolers' funny bones, while the gradually introduced, playfully reiterated words and rhymes also suit the cheery tale to beginning readers."—Horn Book Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547562209
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/10/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 41 MB
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Meet the Author

PEGGY PERRY ANDERSON is a former elementary school art teacher who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has written six early readers about Joe the Frog. They include Let's Clean Up , Joe on the Go , To the Tub , Out to Lunch , Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said, and I Can Help!.

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