Melvin Might? (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series)
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Melvin Might? (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series)

by Jon Scieszka, David Shannon, David Gordon, Loren Long
     
 

Cement Mixer Melvin worries a lot. He worries he might get dirty. He worries he might get stuck. He even worries he might get worried. But one fateful day Rescue Rita is in need of a little rescuing, and Trucktown's biggest worrywart is the only one who can save the day. There's just one problem: He worries he can't. Jon Scieszka's latest racing and rollicking

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Overview

Cement Mixer Melvin worries a lot. He worries he might get dirty. He worries he might get stuck. He even worries he might get worried. But one fateful day Rescue Rita is in need of a little rescuing, and Trucktown's biggest worrywart is the only one who can save the day. There's just one problem: He worries he can't. Jon Scieszka's latest racing and rollicking installment to the Trucktown franchise is a hilarious (and maybe even a little heartwarming) look at all the things a cement mixer can do...no matter how much he worries!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Scieszka presents another adventure of one of his "Trucktown" characters, told in a few brief, simple sentences per double page. Melvin is an anthropomorphic cement mixer and a chronic worrier. He fears he might get dirty, or stuck, or even worried. As the trucks gather on the road, Jack Truck tells them that although the bridge is not finished, they have a new way across an excavation. Payloader Pete, scooper in front, explains, "First you ROAR!" And down the hill he goes, followed by Rescue Rita. Then he soars and splashes into the water. Rita soars too but has a problem with the splash. At each step fearful Melvin says, "Oh no, I can't try that." As Jack is encouraging Melvin, Rita falls and cries for help. Melvin finds that he can try that to help a friend. And he succeeds. The jaunty Trucktown cast is introduced on the front endpapers with their names. On the rear pages their pictures are repeated with their individual comments. Using digital manipulation, the artists give each character personality, while including just the necessary landscape. They have created melodrama by exaggerating the excavation and the heroic efforts to cross it. The climax is on a double foldout page depicting Melvin's actions along with, in extra large letters, his repeated "I can try." The final drive into the sunset makes a pseudo romantic ending to this book from the series created particularly to "inspire kids to read." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-K

"Cement Mixer Melvin worries" is the opening line and central theme of this simple, predictable, and yet entirely engaging picture book. Melvin is such a worrier that he even worries that he might get worried. Just being with him makes others become worried. When Payloader Pete shows him and Rescue Rita an unfinished bridge, Melvin quakes with apprehension as other gutsy vehicles fearlessly roar and soar across the open expanse. Melvin believes himself incapable of such feats, and his fear of failure paralyzes him until he sees that Rita is in danger and needs his help. Only after he realizes the extremity of her situation does Melvin find the courage to act, and, with stunning foldout pages, he saves the day. The pages feature exuberant and adorably anthropomorphized automobile characters that are digitally and stunningly rendered in nearly overwhelming color that reflects the style of the "design team," especially the highly appealing art of David Shannon. This book is sure to be a hit with car-loving kids and will certainly resonate with worryworts.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416941347
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Series
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
537,229
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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.

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.

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.

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