Truck Stop

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Early each morning,
before the sun is even up,
the Truck Stop ...

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Early each morning,
before the sun is even up,
the Truck Stop opens for breakfast,
and the trucks start pulling in.
Eighteen wheeler,
milk tank,
moving van,
and flatbed!
Their drivers order eggs and bacon,
pancakes with syrup,
and a blueberry muffin.
For the boy who helps his parents at the counter, there is nothing better than seeing all the trucks roll in; he knows every single one . . . and can tell when one is missing!

Here is a story for very young truck lovers, worth stopping for again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—A boy describes a morning at his family's truck stop. He and his parents get up early and prepare for customers who have breakfast at the diner. Uncle Marty turns on the lights in the garage. All the regulars start arriving, including Maisie, who drives a milk tank, and Dan, who drives a moving van. Everyone has a "usual" order, like sausage and pancakes with lots of syrup. But the man who drives a green pickup is missing, and no one has seen him. Soon the Big Yellow Bus comes by and, on the way to school, the narrator spots Green Gus by the side of the road. The boy asks the bus driver to call the truck stop, and he knows that Pete and Priscilla's Tow Truck will come by, that Uncle Marty will fix the problem, and that the driver will have bacon and eggs sunny side up. Tomorrow the morning routine will play out all over again. The simple text and mixed-media illustrations tell the story well, and the endpapers display 16 different kinds of vehicles.This book will be a hit with youngsters who love trucks.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A day in the life of a truck stop as told by its youngest worker, whose love for the place is very clear. A little boy and his parents start out before the sun is up to go to work at their busy truck stop beside the highway. The routine of their day will soothe readers: They prep the food, Uncle Marty opens the garage, and they wait for the regulars to make an appearance. "I love how they come rumbling their wheels, / and with air brakes whooshing." Sam and Eighteen-Wheeler are first. Uncle Marty checks tires while Mom puts in Sam's usual order. It's coffee and doughnuts for Maisie, who drives Milk Tank. Then come Diligent Dan's Moving Van and Digger riding on Flatbed. But where is Green Gus, the old pickup? Once Pete and Priscilla arrive in their Tow Truck, it's time for the boy to board Big Yellow Bus. Along the way, he spies Green Gus. Pete and Priscilla come to the rescue, and Uncle Marty gets to work. The trucks and drivers go their separate ways, but only until tomorrow. Iwai's mixed-media collage illustrations invite readers into the scenes with their bright colors and interesting textures. While a truck stop is a business, the text and artwork together spin a web around the boy and his family that make it seem quite homey, complete with good friends and good food. For truck lovers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670062614
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/16/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 785,451
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rockwell ( began writing and illustrating children's books in the 1950s and is well known and loved by generations of children. Her work has won many awards and accolades. She lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Melissa Iwai ( has illustrated over twenty picture books, and has recently written her first book, Soup Day. A California native, Melissa now lives in Brooklyn, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge, with her husband and son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly Recommended-from a big fan of Anne Rockwell

    One of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint.
    Interesting storyline showcasing many different trucks and breakfast menu items. Beautiful illustrations!

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