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Overview

Trucks of different shapes and sizes share one important purpose in this classic picture book from the bestselling creator of Moonshot and Locomotive.

You have hurried
to be to time.

You look now
through a window
and see five trucks.

They are hurrying, too.

Where are they going?

Five drivers
for five trucks—
each has a job to do.

They hurry to be on time.

And then
they see you!

Originally published in 1999 by DK, Five Trucks features a new cover and plenty of exciting machines!

Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
If you have the kind of children who like to stop and watch construction vehicles doing their work, the kind fascinated by anything with wheels, then Brian Floca's Five Trucks…should find a long-term parking spot on their night tables…Floca combines precise drawing with delicate touches of drama. The ink-blue vehicles cast long shadows across the flat, sun-bleached landscape, and the structure of the book has drama of its own.
Marilyn Bousquin
"Five drivers for five trucks" begins this concept book, as five workers head out across a tarmac. A simple, descriptive statement on each spread introduces the trucks one at a time ("the first truck is large and heavy...the fourth truck twists and turns"); later spreads reveal the function of each truck. The slow, metered pace gains momentum as the spare information builds from spread to spread, culminating with the revelation that the five drivers and their trucks are preparing an airplane for take-off. Floca's watercolors zoom in on the machinery, showing the trucks and essential parts of the plane up close against washed-out backgrounds. The simplicity is engaging and age appropriate (even those who are clueless about airport operations will catch on quickly). And a second reading is even more fun than the first: at close inspection, there is more to see here than just a plane taking off. An orange-haired boy zooms a toy airplane across the inside front jacket flap toward the title page. And there he is on the title page tugging on Dad's belt and pointing out an oversized window while dad lugs an overstuffed, rainbow-colored plaid suitcase. We see the unmistakable suitcase again when "luggage is unloaded from the fourth truck" onto a (labeled) conveyor belt and when "the third truck carries luggage up its back" into the belly of the plane. And, lo and behold, there is the boy, waving from the airplane window just before take-off. Floca is adept at fleshing out and expanding our knowledge of the situation at hand with a few casual details. In the initial spread, one worker passes out cups of coffee as he catches up with the others. The following spread shows several discarded cups on the cab floor of the first truck-a subtle hint that the workers' routine is played out regularly. And, in the take-off scene, the workers wave to the departing plane, a simple gesture that effectively brings the boy's and the workers' stories together. Floca's ability to interweave so much story and atmosphere into a concept book is sure to raise our expectations of those to come. -- Horn Book Magazine
Marilyn Bousquin
"five drives for fice trucks" begins this concept book, as five workers head out across a tarmac to prepare an airplane for take-off. At close inspection, there's more to see a boy, his dad, and an overstuffed, rainbow-colored plaid suitcase pop up in various illustrations. The book's simplicity is engaging and age appropriate even those who are vague about airport operations will catch on quickly.
The Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Dr. Beverly Kobrin
Brian Floca's view of airport workers and five trucks they used to help load and prepare a passenger plane for departure is evocative in its simplicity. Use it to engage little ones in conversation and introduce ordinal numbers as you follow the action.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In expressive watercolor cartoons, Floca introduces and describes the functions of five airport vehicles. The drivers, both male and female, seem to enjoy their work as they operate a catering truck, a tractor with baggage carts, a baggage conveyor, a tractor for checking airplane wheels, and a push-out tractor. Instructive, double-page, clear pictures and a simple text give a perfect explanation of the uses of these trucks. Pair this book with Byron Barton's Airport (Crowell, 1982) for an eye-opening look at what happens to aircraft on the ground.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Floca (The Frightful Story of Harry Walfish, 1997, etc.) offers a great explication of the small trucks that airline passengers see scurrying around jets on the runways. In brightly painted illustrations and simple descriptions, he introduces each vehicle, explains what it does, and shows it in action, e.g., the truck called the baggage conveyor is shown hoisting suitcases into the belly of the plane. All five trucks' duties point to a big finale when the plane takes off. Given preschoolers' well-documented fascination with heavy machinery, this book will strike a chord with young air travelers, and answer the questions of older travelers as well. (Picture book. 6-10)
School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—With the sparest of texts, this book features airport vehicles rarely seen in preschool books as well as the trucks' diverse drivers (men and women of various ethnicities). Unlike most counting books, the story introduces ordinal numbers (first, second, etc.) rather than cardinals (one, two, three). On the second appearance of each truck, the text counts back from the fifth to the first truck, adding another concept covered in the book. It's when viewers see each truck for the second time that it is identified by name, e.g., catering truck, baggage conveyor, etc., in a different font, giving the feel of an informational book for young audiences. A wordless subplot about a boy with his dad and a colorful plaid suitcase starts on the title page. The suitcase is easily identifiable as it's loaded onto the plane. The story culminates with the boy waving to the drivers from his airplane seat. While the crisp, clear illustrations, rendered in watercolor, ink, and gouache, are uncluttered, there is much to talk about in the pictures. Whether shared with vehicle-loving youngsters or general audiences, this book should satisfy many listeners/viewers with its rich content and engaging art.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481405935
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 107,161
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    Don't mind reading this over and over again

    My son loved this book from the very first time we read it (he was 20 months). He still gets excited when we turn to the airplane page. Now, he can recite the words with me. The illustrations are wonderful, including the inside flap on the hardcover edition. This is a fun book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    Encourages a non-reader to read

    This simple story grabs the young reader's attention right from the beginning. Using simple words and clear illustrations even a non-reader can follow the story. We especially like the way the story builds up to the last page. My 'non-reader' loved this book so much he is now an eager reading student. We love this book.

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