I'm a Truck Driver

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Overview

There are many different kinds of trucks to drive. You can dig up dirt with a power shovel, lift steel beams with a giant crane, flatten tar with a steamroller, and push away snow with a snowplow. Preschoolers will love watching the little boy and girl in the story as they sit in the driver’s seat of twelve great machines that rumble and tumble and go clinka-vroom vroom!

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Overview

There are many different kinds of trucks to drive. You can dig up dirt with a power shovel, lift steel beams with a giant crane, flatten tar with a steamroller, and push away snow with a snowplow. Preschoolers will love watching the little boy and girl in the story as they sit in the driver’s seat of twelve great machines that rumble and tumble and go clinka-vroom vroom!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
London (the Froggy series) and Parkins (Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors) leap right into fantasy with this catalogue of best-loved big rigs. "I'm a POWER SHOVEL operator," declares a girl, who takes turns narrating and sitting behind various vehicles with a male counterpart. "I dig up the land./ I operate the gears/ and scoop up the sand." Parkins sets his action at night or against dark-hued cobalt skies, a striking dramatic element not usually found in this genre. A hapless cat and dog contribute visual slapstick (getting stuck in cement pouring from a mixer or nervously peering down from an I-beam suspended from a crane). This duo clearly knows what their audience likes: chunky, rounded shapes (fans of Disney's Cars will recognize the style immediately), simple but accurate detailing, plenty of onomatopoeia, and just enough anthropomorphism to make it clear that these trucks revel in collaborating with humans--in a standout fire truck scene, the vehicle's headlamp eyes squint with a determination that echoes that of the boy and cat in its cab. Ages 3–7. (July)
Publishers Weekly
London (the Froggy series) and Parkins (Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors) leap right into fantasy with this catalogue of best-loved big rigs. "I'm a POWER SHOVEL operator," declares a girl, who takes turns narrating and sitting behind various vehicles with a male counterpart. "I dig up the land./ I operate the gears/ and scoop up the sand." Parkins sets his action at night or against dark-hued cobalt skies, a striking dramatic element not usually found in this genre. A hapless cat and dog contribute visual slapstick (getting stuck in cement pouring from a mixer or nervously peering down from an I-beam suspended from a crane). This duo clearly knows what their audience likes: chunky, rounded shapes (fans of Disney's Cars will recognize the style immediately), simple but accurate detailing, plenty of onomatopoeia, and just enough anthropomorphism to make it clear that these trucks revel in collaborating with humans--in a standout fire truck scene, the vehicle's headlamp eyes squint with a determination that echoes that of the boy and cat in its cab. Ages 3-7. (July)
From the Publisher
Praise for I'm a Truck Driver:

"Truck fans will love the anthropomorphized trucks, each with its own clever face and personality. The amusing antics of the dog and cat, as well as their rather bad luck, provide comic relief..This is this is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to adults accustomed to the usual construction-truck fare."—Kirkus

"This is a wonderful picture book about trucks, from power shovels to street sweepers and more... With expressive faces on the trucks, the pictures will draw young audiences into the story, reminding them of Jon Scieszka’s Truck Town."— School Library Journal

"Chunky, rounded shapes (fans of Disney's Cars will recognize the style immediately), simple but accurate detailing, plenty of onomatopoeia, and just enough anthropomorphism to make it clear that these trucks revel in collaborating with humans” — Publisher's Weekly

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This oversized board book is a young child's guide to big, loud, important trucks. Twelve different kinds of trucks are described, including power shovels, bulldozers, and steamrollers, as well as city trucks (such as street sweepers) and country trucks (such as combines). Told in four-line rhyming stanzas that often contain the sounds of the trucks, the descriptions are fun to read and easy to understand. Little children will no doubt memorize some of the descriptions after repeated readings. Two pages are devoted to an illustration of each truck. The colors are big and bold, in keeping with the subject. The book has some enjoyable humor in the form of a tiny dog and cat that pop up in surprising situations, and children and their parents will have fun spotting the little animals. In addition, many of the trucks seem to have human faces, which will also delight youngsters. The front and back inside pages have a montage of different trucks, and children and parents can guess the names of the trucks, based on the information in the book. This is an enjoyable board book that succeeds because it is creative and humorous. Parents should be aware that the pages, while thick and stiff, could be torn by over-eager hands. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This is a wonderful picture book about trucks, from power shovels to street sweepers and more. On every other spread, a girl and a boy take turns driving each of the vehicles. The trucks are described in rhyming couplets; those that the boy operates feature onomatopoeia, making this book a must for storytimes and read-alouds. "I'm a BULLDOZER operator./Growl, grumble, broom!/I'm a big earth mover./Growl, grumble, broom!" The alternating voices of the children help to enhance the rhythm and rhyme of the story and present a great opportunity for a reader's theater or dual-storyteller presentation. The acrylic illustrations are vibrant, cartoonlike, and friendly. In addition, the girl's pages feature a cat and the boy's, a dog. Children will quickly pick up on this pattern, and they will search out the animals. With expressive faces on the trucks, the pictures will draw young audiences into the story, reminding them of Jon Scieszka's Truck Town (S & S, 2008).—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A dream-come-true for lovers of construction trucks and big machinery. On alternating spreads, a young boy and his dog and a young girl with her cat imagine themselves to be truck drivers. The girl's verses focus on the jobs of the trucks: "I'm a steamroller driver. / I flatten the tar. / I crush rocks and smooth / new roads for a car." The boy's text deals more with the sounds of the vehicles: "I'm a garbage truck driver. / Screech, thump, grind, bump! / My truck gobbles garbage. / Screech, bump, grind, thump!" Parkins's bright acrylics make this a necessary purchase. Truck fans will love the anthropomorphized trucks, each with its own clever face and personality. The amusing antics of the dog and cat, as well as their rather bad luck, provide comic relief. Well-suited to read-alouds that encourage participation, this is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to adults accustomed to the usual construction-truck fare. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805079890
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,969
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan London is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the ever-popular Froggy books, as well as A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa and A Train Goes Clickety-Clack. He lives in Graton, California.

David Parkins has illustrated many books for children including Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping and The Adventures of Old Bo Bear. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

www.davidparkins.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Little boys who like cars and trucks will love this.

    I checked this out of the library for my 4-year-old grandson, and he loved it, so I bought it for him for Christmas. When he opened it, he said, "I got my book back!" He was so happy he could now take it to preschool with him.

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