The Trucker

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What Leo wants is a fire truck; what Mama gives him is a kitten: Lola. To make matters worse, mischievous and high-spirited Lola just about takes over all of Leo’s favorite things. Just when Leo’s had enough, Lola surprises him and saves the day. Colorful, bold illustrations filled with trucks, trucks, and more trucks enliven this satisfying story of friendship.

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Overview

What Leo wants is a fire truck; what Mama gives him is a kitten: Lola. To make matters worse, mischievous and high-spirited Lola just about takes over all of Leo’s favorite things. Just when Leo’s had enough, Lola surprises him and saves the day. Colorful, bold illustrations filled with trucks, trucks, and more trucks enliven this satisfying story of friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
To say that young Leo is a truck enthusiast is an understatement: "He said he could name a BILLION trucks," writes Samuels (the Dolores books). "I bet you can," says his preoccupied mother, trying to find refuge in the toy truck–strewn living room. So when Mama gives Leo a cat rather than the fire truck he's yearning for, he's crushed--until the emerald-eyed Lola reveals that she can hold her own: "When a road needed paving... Lola joined the crew. And when a building was ready for the wrecker's ball... Lola did the job with a swipe of her paw." Samuels spends too much time setting up Leo's obsession; readers will get it within the first few vignettes. But once Lola's hefty marmalade presence is established, Leo's imagination kicks into high gear and the crisply inked artwork--a mix of spot art, domestic scenes, and streetscapes--takes on renewed energy. After Lola saves a stuffed bunny from a (cardboard box) building fire, Leo makes her his deputy. Big rig–obsessed fanatics should relate to Leo's joy in finding a like-minded companion. Ages 3–6. (July)
From the Publisher
“Hilarious, and full of the details in a child's everyday life. It's fun from cover to cover.” —School Library Journal, STARRED Review
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Most libraries could survive with just two picture book sections: truck books for boys and princess books for girls. Sexism aside, the pull of truck books in indisputable for every little boy who can tell a dump truck from a wrecker and whose ears perk up at the "wee-oo" of a fire truck. Leo is just such a little boy. His trucks are strewn around the house, even invading his mother's cereal bowl. At last, when mama has had enough, she suggests a walk outside to discover flowers and friends. Leo, predictably, identifies trucks. In a last attempt to divert Leo's interest, Mama brings home a new pet, a cat, which Leo rejects until she turns out to be as big a truck fan as he is. It is easy to see Mama's frustration as she looks longingly at tropical vacations while Leo "vrooms" his trucks. It is also fun to watch the building relationship between Leo and Lola, the cat, who will not be denied. This colorfully detailed book perfectly captures a boy's obsession and will be an easy sell to boys who love trucks and parents who will identify with a mother trying to diversify her son's interests. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Leo's mom knows the extent of her son's fascination with trucks. He's driven them up and down her legs, lost one in her oatmeal, and used another to pour syrup on his pancakes. When they go outside to explore the neighborhood, he ignores everything but the trucks, and when she surprises him with a new cat, he exclaims, "This is not a fire truck!" The plump tabby will not be pushed away, though; she finds ways to interact with Leo and his trucks. With a cat like Lola in his life, the child eventually finds different uses for his toys and more time to spend with a new friend. This book is sure to be a hit at storytime. The colorful art is hilarious and full of the details in a child's everyday life. It's is fun from cover to cover, and the text allows readers to make themselves as loud as the trucks and as animated as Leo.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374378042
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 890,757
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Samuels is the author-illustrator of the popular Dolores books, including Dolores on Her Toes, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and Happy Valentine's Day, Dolores. She lives in New York City.

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