Supertruck
  • Supertruck
  • Supertruck

Supertruck

5.0 1
by Stephen Savage
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?

Find out in this snowy tale about a little truck with a very big job, the second of Stephen Savage's vehicle-based picture books.

 See more details below

Overview

When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?

Find out in this snowy tale about a little truck with a very big job, the second of Stephen Savage's vehicle-based picture books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/03/2014
In a city “full of brave trucks,” writes Savage (Little Tug), the green bucket truck, red fire truck, and blue tow truck spend their days rescuing this and fixing that, all with can-do smiles. But the nebbishy, bespectacled garbage truck? He’s not only colorless, “He just collects the trash.” Of course, Clark Kent flew under the radar, too—and, sure enough, when a blizzard hits, that very same garbage truck emerges from his garage as the snow-plowing Supertruck. He “digs out the whole city” (as well as his snazzier counterparts), only to disappear without waiting for thanks: “The next morning, the trucks wonder about the mighty truck who saved them. Where could he be?” Savage’s take on the superhero myth is terrific: there’s no bullying or teasing of the garbage truck, which makes his Supertruck transformation a triumph pure and simple. And the images are as fun as they are gorgeous: Savage’s vehicles exude a Golden Book sweetness, while his city scenes have both a crisp stylishness and an emotional punch. Ages 2–6. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

“*Secret identities, superheroes, and trucks. What more is there to say? . . . this trash-hauler is one super truck.” —The Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“*Just right for winter storytimes, this winning picture book will find an appreciate audience beyond just young truck lovers.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“*Savage exploits shapes and colors to create interesting imagery and atmospheric environments for the truck that show that collecting trash is just as heroic as powerfully plowing through snow. A serious treat for truck lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
There are all sorts of trucks in this city, including trucks that are brave, such as a tow truck, a fire truck, and a bucket truck that fixes a power line. Then there is a garbage truck. But when it starts snowing and there is a terrible blizzard, the garbage truck ass a sweeper attached in front and becomes Supertruck. He digs out the whole city and becomes an unknown hero. The next day the other trucks wonder what truck did it all. Meanwhile, Supertruck goes back to collecting trash. The very brief text and large illustrations make this a good book for adults to read to young children. The simple story, with its little heroic adventure and uncomplicated yet colorful illustrations, is just right for preschoolers. This is the second of Savage’s vehicle-themed picture books and fans will hope for many more. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
★ 01/01/2015
PreS-K—Superpowers and vehicles collide in this tale of an unassuming garbage truck and his own alter ego. All city trucks have a mission; whether it's rescuing broken down buses, or fighting fires, they all help to save the day. One blustery evening when the snow piles up, the bespectacled garbage truck sneaks away to transform into Supertruck. In secret, he plows all the falling snow overnight but vanishes the next morning without a trace. The city dwellers and other four wheelers are all safe thanks to the powers of Supertruck. Savage creates an appealing hero that echoes another beloved character with a secret identity. Kids will chuckle at the truck's likeness to Clark Kent, and the minimal text will assist emerging readers in their own super abilities. Savage's distinct, graphic portrayal of the snowy metropolis sets the scene, while his use of perspective and color gradients allow readers to experience the blizzard firsthand. A superb addition to any library or storytime collection.—Claire Moore, Darien Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-10-01
When a blizzard stops the mighty trucks of the city from working, it's Supertruck to the rescue! In this metropolis, a cadre of brave trucks fixes electrical lines, extinguishes fires, and tows buses in need. But the garbage truck? He "just collects the trash." That is, until a snowstorm hits the town and he becomes Supertruck. With his mighty snow plow, he clears the roads all through the night. And in the bright, clear morning, the other trucks are left to wonder about the identity of the "mighty truck who saved them." Exciting, one-sentence-per-spread text is reminiscent of a Superman cartoon narration. (This is no coincidence; in his secret identity, Supertruck wears Clark Kent-style glasses.) In combination with crisp graphics and bold colors, the text makes the story accessible to young readers, while the sophisticated digital illustrations will appeal to all. Using a cool palette, Savage exploits shapes and colors to create interesting imagery and atmospheric environments for the truck that show that collecting trash is just as heroic as powerfully plowing through snow. A serious treat for truck lovers. (Picture book. 2-6)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596438217
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
74,991
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Stephen Savage is the illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated children's book. He is also the creator of Little Tug, which School Library Journal called "petite but powerful." He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Supertruck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
In this charming little book, we learn about all the important and hardworking vehicles that move around our cities and towns, helping us in many ways, always getting their jobs done no matter what the season is. The fire truck puts out fires, the tow truck rescues cars... and the garbage truck, well, he just collects the trash. But, who will help them all when a terrible blizzard storms in and the whole city has to come to a complete standstill??? SUPERTRUCK to the rescue!!! All the trucks, big and small, are stuck and cannot complete their jobs. But Supertruck puts on his plow and digs the whole city out! The other trucks are so grateful... and wonder, who is this marvelous vehicle? First of all, the cuteness starts with brightly colored and captivating illustrations. Each page is filled to the brim with minimalist drawings and colors, giving each vehicle its most known quality shape and color to stand out and easily be identifiable.  Second, the simple storyline is quite engaging. After the first few reads, my one year old scramble off to go find his trucks - not only did we match most of them to the pictures in the book, but we also played and made sure to give Supertruck time to cover his identity, just like Superman. I adore books that encourage my kids to get up and play while reading it! A sweet book for the little superhero/comic book lover in your family!  *An ARC copy was sent to me from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.