Matt Doeden makes every one of the 87 words in this book on Humvees count. The photographs of each vehicle are so realistic readers feel they are looking at the real thing. Humvees are army vehicles that are used for different missions. They are built strong to protect the crew riding inside. Large tires allow Humvees to travel on any surface, and large engines help them move at a fast speed. They carry machine guns and grenade launchers. Humvees have many uses. For example, they are used as ambulances, and they carry troops and cargo. The glossary defines words unknown to most young readers. There are several books listed for readers to use to extend their knowledge. The "Internet Sites" section helps students find information easily. Also includes an index and a table of contents, to help readers find their way in the book. A note to parents and teachers suggests areas where students will probably need help. This book should be a welcome addition to elementary school libraries. There are thirty titles in this set about "Mighty Machines." Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.