The Little Dump Truck

The Little Dump Truck

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by Margery Cuyler, Bob Kolar
     
 

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Meet Hard Hat Pete and his little dump truck as they haul stones and rocks, carry debris, and unload at the landfill. It's hard work, but the Little Dump Truck is always ready for action!

Preschool children will revel in the day-to-day activities of this happy dump truck. The lyrical text and bright pictures are just right for budding truck enthusiasts.

Overview

Meet Hard Hat Pete and his little dump truck as they haul stones and rocks, carry debris, and unload at the landfill. It's hard work, but the Little Dump Truck is always ready for action!

Preschool children will revel in the day-to-day activities of this happy dump truck. The lyrical text and bright pictures are just right for budding truck enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Hard Hat Pete and his little dump truck work hard all day long. They haul stones and rocks to and from the building site. They wait for each load. "I'm a little dump truck waiting for debris. Excavator scoops—drops dirt into me." And then the two haul the debris to the landfill down Route Ten. Told in simple rhyme, each double-page spread shows (in words and pictures) all the work done by Hard Hat Pete and the little dump truck. But they do get a break. "I'm a little dump truck stopping to get gas. Hard Hat Pete drinks coffee, other truckers pass." Big, bright digital illustrations with an old fashioned feel were created using Adobe Illustrator. The eye-catching end papers show rows of all the different vehicles that Hard Hat Pete and the little dump truck see during their very busy day. This is an appealing book, with pages and covers that are as sturdy as the little dump truck. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS—Hard Hat Pete and his little dump truck spend the day hauling rocks, collecting debris, and unloading it at the landfill. Each spread has a lyrical, rhyming verse that begins, "I'm a little dump truck" and goes on to explain the day's activities. "I'm a little dump truck/leaving through the gate,/riding down the highway/to another state." The digital artwork will appeal to young children, who will look for the face depicted on each of the various trucks. The endpapers show all of the vehicles that play a part in the illustrations. The heavy-duty pages are perfect for curious youngsters. Preschoolers will love this book.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The titular little dump truck cheerily gives the youngest listeners the lowdown on its duties. Hard Hat Pete drives the sturdy truck through the city streets, hauling rocks and dirt to a building site where a hole is being filled. Then he waits while an excavator scoops debris for him to haul away to the landfill. While the story does not get much more involved than that, Cuyler rounds it out with lots of details: "I'm a little dump truck / turning at the light, / slowing, braking, stopping / at the building site." With its repetitive beginning phrase and close-enough rhyming scheme, those who read this aloud may find themselves singing the verses to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot." Kolar's anthropomorphized vehicles will remind more than a few children of Bob the Builder, but his use of retro colors separates his trucks from their cartoon counterparts. Blocky, computer-generated art minimizes distracting details while highlighting the important identifying clues that will help preschoolers identify objects. Construction trucks for the youngest set. (Picture book. 2-5)
The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
The cheerful, bouncing rhymes of Cuyler's narrative are instantly endearing…This board book deserves a place in the stroller or a car's back seat, ready to roll past the excavations and building sites that inspired its creators.
From the Publisher

“Preschoolers will love this book.” —School Library Journal

“The sharp-edged bright blue chassis, lemon-yellow dumper and smiling grill of this hard-working construction vehicle with his cohort of fuel trucks, vans, buses, pickups on heavy stock paper would have made this title a winner in my book. Wait--that's not all! The text can be sung to the nursery favorite, ‘I'm a little teapot!' Try it!” —NickJr.com

“The titular little dump truck cheerily gives the youngest listeners the lowdown on its duties.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fast storytime favorite.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805082814
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
364,060
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is the author of many popular books for young readers, including the That's Good! That's Bad! series and From Here to There. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Bob Kolar has written and illustrated several picture books, including AlphaOops, Racer Dogs, and Hello, Fire Truck. He lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri, with his family.

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The Little Dump Truck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice and quick read. The book is well written and my son loves all of the other trucks that are mentioned throughout. Definitely recommend for young truck lovers.
OrganizedOne More than 1 year ago
My son LOVES this book. We checked it out from the library, but eventually had to buy it. The story is like a rhyming day-in-the-life-of, but since my 3-year-old loves dump trucks, it's perfect. I also like that it's not your traditional board book. The cover is very sturdy and the pages are like very heavy, smooth cardstock. It's a good transition from board book pages to paper pages.