Truck

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In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops and crowded highways. "Beautifully executed and appealing."—School Library Journal.

Author Biography: Donald Crews is the renowned creator of two Caldecott Honor books, Freight Train and Truck. Among his other enormously popular books are such favorites as Night at the Fair, Sail Away, Bigmama's, Shortcut, and School ...

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Overview

In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops and crowded highways. "Beautifully executed and appealing."—School Library Journal.

Author Biography: Donald Crews is the renowned creator of two Caldecott Honor books, Freight Train and Truck. Among his other enormously popular books are such favorites as Night at the Fair, Sail Away, Bigmama's, Shortcut, and School Bus. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and says that all through his childhood the members of his family were always doing something with their hands. He was always drawing pictures. Now, in the old farmhouse where he lives with his wife, the noted author and illustrator Ann Jonas, Donald Crews is still drawing pictures.

After graduating from New York City's Cooper Union, Mr. Crews spent three years working as a designer. He was assistant art director of Dance magazine, on the staff of a small design studio, and did freelance work as a book-jacket designer. But in 1962 he was inducted into the Army, and for a time his artistic pursuits were set aside. As the end of his eighteen-month military stint in Germany approached, he assigned himself to the task of writing and illustrating a children's book to add to his portfolio. The result was the brilliant concept book We Read: A to Z (Harper & Row, 1967), which, nearly twenty years later, was reissued by Greenwillow Books. Ten Black Dots, a counting book, came next, and then several books for which he did illustrations only. But the turning pointcame in 1978, when Greenwillow published Freight Train, a picture book inspired by Mr. Crews's childhood train trips from Newark to visit his grandmother in Florida. It was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Since then, Mr. Crews has created several other highly acclaimed picture books (including Truck, a 1981 Calclecott Honor Book), all painted in the flat, clean colors and bright, unambiguous shapes that are the hallmarks of his striking graphics.

Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, spent his summers in Cottondale, Florida, and was graduated from Cooper Union in New York City. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in Brooklyn, New York.

When Donald Crews is asked why he focuses on picture books, he frequently answers, "Why not?" All the tools necessary for the creation of any piece of art are also elements in a successful picture book. Mr. Crews chooses a subject, explores ways to develop the subject visually, writes a story, then produces his finished illustrations. And the final audience, the children, tell him that they like what he does. Why not, indeed!Donald Crews grew up in Newark, New Jersey, spent his summers in Cottondale, Florida, and was graduated from Cooper Union in New York City. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in Brooklyn, New York.

Follows the journey of a truck from loading to unloading.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey. Ages 4-8. Mar.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Another Caldecott Honor book has been given new life in a board book version. Truck works very well. The focus is the big red truck and the only words are on the vehicle and on appropriate signs such as Stop, Tunnel Ahead, and Speed Limit. Kids will enjoy pointing out and recognizing familiar vehicles-cars, trucks, buses and lots of other things they see outside on the streets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688104818
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 74,751
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

    Great for kids who love big vehicles!

    Donald Crews is simply one of the best around for big vehicles
    and things that roll and make impact. Splashy, realistic photos;
    not at all "cartoony."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Big and splashy!

    This little book is rather like reading the Auto Trader for
    pre-schooler. Realistic illustrations yet fun!

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