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
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)