Kat's Mystery Gift (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)

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Everyone in Trucktown wants to know what is inside Kat's beautifully wrapped box. But will she ever take a peek at her mystery gift?
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Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Kat the truck is a friendly construction grader with big brown eyes and long dark eyelashes. In this story, she spots a mysterious gift in a square box covered in red gift wrap. The contents of the box are unknown. Kat's friends have fun guessing what is inside the box. Her fire truck friends think that the gift may be a new siren or, perhaps, a flashing red light. Rosie the construction crane imagines a bright and decorative ball is inside the beautiful box. Kat keeps all of her friends guessing. In fact, she is enjoying the mystery so much that she decides not to open the present at all. This lively and engaging story is perfect for beginning readers. The story is simple, the vocabulary is basic, and the print is large. Additionally, the fun illustrations are creative and colorful. Young children will most certainly enjoy this book, part of Jon Scieszka's "Trucktown" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416941545
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,457,529
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.

David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus. He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

David Gordon is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Riggs. His first book for Simon & Schuster was the adorable Smitten. He has done concept work for Pixar’s Toy Story; Toy Story 2; A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars; as well as Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. He also did character design work on Blue Sky’s Robots. He lives in New York City. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Many, especially teachers, are probably familiar with Ready-to-Read books from Simon and Schuster. A favorite among these helpful, colorful, kid-friendly books is the Trucktown series by Jon Scieszka. It's always a coup when a youngsters can simultaneously learn and have fun, which is precisely what this series provides.

    As you may know, the series is offered on three levels, determined primarily by vocabulary. KAT'S MYSTERY GIFT is Level 1, Starting to Read, which is one step above the initial level, Recognizing Words. In this story Kat has a gift "The gift is red. And square. And a mystery."

    Young readers will meet favorite characters such as Gabby, Rosie, Pete, Lucy, and Pat. Each is pictured in bright eye-popping colors, and eager to learn what's inside Kat's gift. All try to guess what it might be. A giant teddy bear? A rocket? A castle?

    They plead with Kat to open his gift, but he has other ideas. Youngsters will enjoy discovering their ability to read this book, and hopefully motivated to read more.

    - Gail Cooke

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