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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
My Big Rigby Jonathan London, Viviana Garofoli
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!
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, OHCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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