Pete's Party (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)
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Pete's Party (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)

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

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There's a party at Pete's, and Jack and Gabriella are invited! How will they get there? They'll follow the signs, straight to Pete's party!See more details below

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There's a party at Pete's, and Jack and Gabriella are invited! How will they get there? They'll follow the signs, straight to Pete's party!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cathy Puett Miller
Whenever I see Jon Scieszka's name on a book, I know it is going to be fun. This prolific author of children's books has written such classics as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the "Timewarp Trio" series. Now he moves into the world of preschool and kindergarten with a fun new series called "Ready to Roll" from Simon and Schuster. This first level one title in the series is a fast moving, raucous adventure. Two trucks are going to a party but you are never quite sure they will make it. Most of the words appear on realistic road signs, making this a great book not only for adults reading with children but for kindergarten and preschool kids to explore on their own. Mr. Scieszka and his fellow "mechanics" (designers) have created a great new series for young children and an accompanying website ( full of resources and downloads for kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. Complementary coloring and activities books with the same colorful characters are available in print. Overall, this is not just an introduction to a new book but a wealth of thematic resources for use at home or at school. Reviewer: Cathy Puett Miller
Kirkus Reviews
This weak title, one in an earlyreader series that's part of Scieszka's Trucktown brand, purports to provide active children with a similarly rambunctious easytoread package. Scieszka's author's note for the series boasts, "Everything about Trucktown has been built to excite and motivate young readers . . . This is . . . a world where kids are inspired to become readers by action stories, and helped to become readers with amazing illustrations and selected vocabulary." The result falls far short of such claims. Two trucks, Jack and Gabriella, follow a succession of legit and spoof road signs to a party at bulldozer Pete's garage. Three illustrators, including David Shannon and Loren Long as well as Gordon, collaborated to create Trucktown's unremarkable, stereotypical visuals. Jack is a sturdy redandblue flatbed, while Gabriella's a pink garbage truck with a flowery monogrammed and a yellow "bow." Typical visual personification for the vehicles-headlights are eyes; grilles are mouths-and muddy digital execution add little that's fresh. Also out in June: Zoom! Boom! Bully (9781416941392; PLB: 978-1-4169-4150-7). For emergent readers, more hype than help. (Early reader. 4-6)

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Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 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, a literacy initiative for boys.

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

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 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.

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