Meet Jack Truck! (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series)


Come along another adventure in Jon Scieszka's Trucktown! Meet Jack Truck—a four-year-old flatbed, 10-wheeler truck who loves racing, joking, smashing, and crashing throughout Trucktown!

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Come along another adventure in Jon Scieszka's Trucktown! Meet Jack Truck—a four-year-old flatbed, 10-wheeler truck who loves racing, joking, smashing, and crashing throughout Trucktown!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Personified trucks fill the pages of this board book. Jack Truck is a thrill seeker and his best friend Dump Truck Dan seems to enjoy the same kinds of challenges. Dan's brother is Payloader Pete and this group likes to play jokes on each other, often with a not so nice outcome. Jack loves falling rocks, but Cement Mixer Melvin is just the opposite—falling rocks make him nervous. Some trucks like to imitate Evil Kneivel and enjoy jumping over a pile of bathtubs and toilets (a little potty humor for the boys). The only females are Garbage Truck Gabriella and Grader Kat. Talk about stereotyping—Gabriella is characterized as a truck who never stops talking and Kat makes tire tread art in the sand. On the other hand, Jack dreams about knocking stuff down. It really is a book designed to appeal to boys, but is Jack a really good role model? And the story line which is practically nonexistent is not what one would expect in a book carrying the name of Scieszka—the literacy ambassador. Part of the "Jon Scieszka Trucktown" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416941736
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 268,111
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    Grade School Humor directed at preschoolers

    Got the book from our local library. Had I taken the time to read it right off the shelf I wouldn't have gotten it. The illustrations are really good, and fun to look at. The story line is another matter. While I can see kids in second and third grade enjoying the "man" humor in the book (reference to potty jokes, girls talking too much, and laughing at others mistakes), putting this book in the preschoolers rankings, section, or grading, is a mistake. Not recommended reading to your child, and I'd have a hard time letting any child read it because of the indirect lessons that can be clearly seen.

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