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Truck Driver Tom

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Tom drives a big rig. He gets an order and picks it up. As he drives across the country, past construction sites and on roads being repaired, he joins other vehicles, big and small. Wherever he goes-through towns and cities, on busy highways, over bridges and mountains-he sees all kinds of trucks that are also carrying important goods to people. In scenes both panoramic and detailed, Monica Wellington has painted over sixty different vehicles in her signature bright colors. In this addition to her nonfiction ...

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Overview

Tom drives a big rig. He gets an order and picks it up. As he drives across the country, past construction sites and on roads being repaired, he joins other vehicles, big and small. Wherever he goes-through towns and cities, on busy highways, over bridges and mountains-he sees all kinds of trucks that are also carrying important goods to people. In scenes both panoramic and detailed, Monica Wellington has painted over sixty different vehicles in her signature bright colors. In this addition to her nonfiction series for the very youngest about people and jobs, she invites readers-especially boys-for a ride on the open road.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 6.

Large, clean graphics combine with bold colors to present more than sixty different types of trucks and cars as Tom delivers produce to a city market. Tom prepares his rig then visits a farm where he picks up apples and vegetables. He drives through rural farmland then out onto the highway where his journey takes him over mountains, through tunnels, past road construction sites, around detours, and into the city. Simple text in short sentences offers reading opportunities to early readers. Text in bold indicates the sound of trucks, noises on the road or brief dialogue. A little dog rides along with Tom. The illustrations combine hand-printed signs, cut-out letters and photographs cropped into the simply drawn, flattened images of roads, houses, people of all ages and cars or trucks. The bright imagery and simple text will appeal as an introduction to books for children who are read to as well as those beginning to read for themselves. This book would be a good reading resource addition to a preschool or early elementary school library. Reviewer: Hazel Buys

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1 In this colorful picture book, Tom loads his truck with fresh fruit and vegetables and travels across the country to deliver them to the city. Along the way, he and his dog drive by farms, up mountains and down valleys, through tunnels, and over bridges. They stop for gas and food, get bogged down in traffic, and meet other trucker friends. The simple text is printed in a large block font that is just right for beginning readers. But it's the bright, bold illustrations that will really capture children's attention. The pictures are loaded with details that kids will love to pore over, but are not so cluttered as to be overwhelming. Tom's easy-to-spot 18-wheeler is depicted along with an array of trucks and cars, all of which are listed at the back of the book with an invitation for youngsters to look over the pages again to locate each vehicle. Clearly drawn gouache paintings are enhanced with meticulously cut photos to add texture and character to the scenes. Fans of Richard Scarry's books will enjoy this offering, and it will keep the "I spy" set occupied for hours.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Trucker Tom's delivery route is an adventure. The day begins at the garage, where Tom and his cute canine partner get their vehicle. They load up on produce and take a scenic journey, through fields, highways, twisty mountain roads, a construction zone, busy villages, over a bright blue river, etc. When the load is safely delivered, Tom and his best friend take a well-deserved meal break at a friendly diner. Then they sack out in the truck stop, in a cozy nook of their vehicle. "Over and out." Wellington's bright gouache illustrations feature solid shapes and an eye-catching bonus in pasted-on photos. An additional bonus comes at the end of the book, with the scores of vehicles featured in the book identified by name. The reader is challenged to go back and find them. Simple but spot-on in its appeal for its target audience. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478317
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/4/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 327,875
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.86 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Wellington was born in London and lived in Europe until she moved to the United States at age seven. As a child she always loved to draw and paint, but it wasn't until she went to college that she realized she wanted to be an artist for her profession. She went to the University of Michigan's School of Art to earn her BFA and studied pottery, painting and printmaking. After art school, while traveling and living in a number of different countries, she had various art related jobs, which were all good background and preparation for doing children's books. She has both written and illustrated the majority of her books. She says, "I usually start a book visually, with an idea of what I want to paint pictures about. The pictures may come first before the words for me. Both the pictures and words go through many revisions, and I am often still working on the final words after I finish the pictures." She says that doing children's books is great. "I get to have a job where I spend my days doing totally what I love to do. And it is very gratifying that my work goes out into the world and is shared with other people. I feel incrediably lucky for all this!" Since 1994 she has taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts. She lives in New York City with her daughter Lydia.

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    Posted June 17, 2010

    GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOK !

    MY SON LOVE'S MONICA WELLINGTON BOOK WHICH IS HARD FOR ME TO SAY BECAUSE ONLY BOOK MY SON LOVED TO READ BEFORE HARRY POTTER WAS - KIDS DREAM BIG & HAKIM AND TERRACNCE SHADOW MYSTERY BY BERNADINE FEAGINS . THANKS !

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