Kat's Mystery Giftby Jon Scieszka, David Shannon (Illustrator), Loren Long (Illustrator), David Gordon (Illustrator)
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?
Meet the Author
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 has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.
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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