The Spooky Tire (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)

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Trucktown gets spooky just in time for Halloween.

Rev your engines for another Ready-to-Roll in the New York Times bestselling program!

Melvin has a flat tire. When he rolls into a spooky graveyard, he finds just what he needs: a new golden one. But as soon as he puts it on, he hears a spooky voice calling after him, “Who took my golden tire?” Melvin speeds home and hides under his tarp. The ghost follows him....

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Overview

Trucktown gets spooky just in time for Halloween.

Rev your engines for another Ready-to-Roll in the New York Times bestselling program!

Melvin has a flat tire. When he rolls into a spooky graveyard, he finds just what he needs: a new golden one. But as soon as he puts it on, he hears a spooky voice calling after him, “Who took my golden tire?” Melvin speeds home and hides under his tarp. The ghost follows him. The spooky voice gets closer and closer...Who could it be?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Wooooooooo! Halloween approaches. Storytellers, it is time to prepare your best scary voices. Even the toddler and preschool set can enjoy the spooky season with this latest addition to the "Jon Scieszka's Trucktown" series. It is a dark and scary night when cement mixer Melvin gets a flat tire. He rolls into a dark junkyard, looking for a replacement. What does he find but a golden tire? He puts it in place and rolls out of the junkyard, heading for home. Apparently, he is not alone. "Who took my golden tire?" a spooky voice calls. Readers ultimately will discover that the source of the voice is well-intentioned Jack. Funnily enough, super-scared Melvin will not know; he is speeding away on the last page. Adult readers are likely to find themselves thinking of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or any of a dozen chilling ghost stories often recounted around campfires. Young readers (for whom such older tales likely would be inappropriate) will enjoy participating in the season's shivers with this story. It has just the right amount of "scary." Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Melvin the cement truck gets a flat on a dark, stormy night and searches for a replacement in a creepy junkyard. As soon as he finds one and has it on his rim, a spooky voice calls out, "Who took my golden tire?" Melvin tries to hide, but the voice keeps following him. Just when he thinks he can't take it anymore, the owner of the voice is revealed and is not so scary after all. The familiar characters will please fans of this series. The book is easily paired with early-reader versions of "The Teeny Tiny Woman" and Alvin Schwartz's In a Dark, Dark Room (HarperCollins, 1984) for almost-scary Halloween reading.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416941422
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 329,541
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 3.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author


Jon Scieszka
was named the first National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. He has written some of the funniest and bestselling children’s books of all time. He lives in Brooklyn.

David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon.
These three award-winning artists worked overtime drawing, painting, and combining their distinct styles. They even wore matching coveralls to help bring the world of Trucktown to life.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Love the artistic word images

    My 6 year old son loved the Trucktown series as a toddler, so it is exciting for him to begin reading them independently. The use of simple words and elaborate word art helped my son increase fluency and add expression to reading. The story was a little difficult to follow toward the middle but it is proobably due to the need to use small words to keep it at a beginning reader level. My son figured it out without any problems, so maybe it's me! It's a great book for beginning readers who love trucks!

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