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My Big Rig

My Big Rig

by Jonathan London, Viviana Garofoli
     
 

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Zoom! While playing with his toy truck, a little boy imagines himself driving an eighteen-wheeler through a city, across a bridge, and into the countryside. Along the way, he uses his two-way radio and parks at a truck stop. Finally, he reaches the coast, where he unloads his cargo. His imagination would keep growing . . . but it’s time for dinner!

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Zoom! While playing with his toy truck, a little boy imagines himself driving an eighteen-wheeler through a city, across a bridge, and into the countryside. Along the way, he uses his two-way radio and parks at a truck stop. Finally, he reaches the coast, where he unloads his cargo. His imagination would keep growing . . . but it’s time for dinner!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Wouldn't it be fun to drive a truck across the country?" a boy wonders while playing with a toy semi in his bedroom. London's (the Froggy series) text remains simple and direct throughout ("It's time to roll. I climb into my eighteen-wheeler and hit the road"), as Garofoli (Baby Can't Sleep) brings the scenes to life with sunny, digitized pictures that put the hero behind the imaginary wheel. Playful landscapes (the truck zooms down a switchback mountain road as a deer looks on approvingly) alternate with nose-to-nose close-ups (the young trucker dunks a chocolate-covered doughnut in his coffee at a 24-hour truck stop) to cover all the bases of the trucker experience and to give readers plenty of vicarious thrills. The fantasy ends with a call to dinner, but resumes when the boy is tucked into bed (where "my big rig rolls... in my dreams"). A good choice for readers who have graduated from Byron Barton's classic Trucks. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Trucks and big, eighteen wheelers have an attraction for young and old. The young boy in this board book imagines what it would be like to drive his big yellow semi across the country. Off he goes with the engine roaring, from the Golden Gate Bridge on through the countryside—tunnels, desert—nothing stops this driver except perhaps a quick bite at an all-night truck stop where he enjoys a donut and cup of coffee. Then it is time to hit the road again—mountains, plains, hills, and forests and every now and then a chat on his CB. At dawn he arrives at the port and now his load can move onto one of those big container ships travels across a watery expanse where no truck can go. Wait—is that dad calling?—it is time for dinner. What an imagination this young boy has, but the adventure continues as he beds down still dreaming of his great big yellow rig. Part of the "Board Buddies" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

PreS - K - This simple story takes children on an evenly paced cross-country tour. While playing with his toy, a boy imagines heading off for adventure in a life-size rig. With horn blasting and engine roaring, he sets off through the city, over a bridge, into the country, across a valley, up a mountain, through a tunnel before taking a doughnut break at a truck stop. After munching on his snack, the youngster climbs back into the cab. He continues onward, rolling across a desert, over mountains, across plains, through a forest, and on to the sea. At a harbor, the child unloads his cargo. He quickly returns to reality when his dad calls him for dinner. Minimal text appears on each page. Garofoli's bright spreads, rendered in Adobe illustrator, convey the essence of each geographic locale and extend the short text. The bouncy book jacket depicting the semi rolling across a quilted bedspread will entice youngsters with an interest in trucks. London fans will be looking for this title to accompany A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa(Holt, 2005).-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

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Kirkus Reviews
In a merry head trip, London takes a young trucker on a transcontinental voyage in a big rig. It's never much of a stretch for little boys like this one to imagine they've become the men behind the wheels of the trucks they are playing with. Garofoli brings verve to the proceedings-the art is high on color and contrast, sinuous and arresting; scouring the illustrations for details is half the fun even though the style looks simple and clean. London narrates in a chugging haiku: "My big rig rolls through the city . . . across a bridge . . . and out into the country." The music of the road pulls the lad onward (readers can sort of track the journey from west to east across the United States). "My big rig rolls across a valley . . . up a mountain . . . through a tunnel . . . and down the other side. ZOOM!" He also gets to stuff down some donuts and talk out the side of his mouth into the CB to fellow truckers. Life is good. The big rig is even better. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477816738
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Pages:
50
Sales rank:
1,058,458
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD270L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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