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Trucks Roll!

Overview

"Trucks bring ice cream.

Trucks bring blocks,

books and bulldozers,

dolls and socks."

Through mountains and flatlands, past deserts and towns, the trucks are rolling! With its rhyming text and bold illustrations, Trucks Roll! invites kids along on a day in a trucker's life and shows that many things we enjoy depend on the trucker's work.

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Overview

"Trucks bring ice cream.

Trucks bring blocks,

books and bulldozers,

dolls and socks."

Through mountains and flatlands, past deserts and towns, the trucks are rolling! With its rhyming text and bold illustrations, Trucks Roll! invites kids along on a day in a trucker's life and shows that many things we enjoy depend on the trucker's work.

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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
This ode to things in motion…will be great for reading aloud with any small child who loves big trucks.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Trucks of all different sizes and colors roll along roadways carrying realistic and imaginary cargo. Four-line rhyming verses describe the vehicles, their loads, and the stops they make: "Trucks have trailers./Trucks have cabs./Some haul rabbits./Some haul labs" (the illustration shows Labrador Retrievers). The narrative occasionally diverts from the rhythmic pattern of the shorter, snappier rhymes: "Haul them through mountains,/over rivers, past towns-/around blue sky curves,/through rain pouring down." The trucks transport apples, giant chocolate-chip cookies, bulldozers, large puzzle pieces, and more. The side of one semi reads "Bookmobile." Frazier's hand- and digitally colored artwork pairs well with the text. His use of bold colors and varied perspectives enhance the illustrations. The orange endpapers look like a metal running board, reflecting the book's theme. Kids who love trucks will be attracted to the cover and have fun exploring the pages inside.
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Standing out as bright and unique in an increasingly competitive genre of picture books highlighting wheeled machines, Lyon and Frazier team up to seamlessly combine loads of truck facts with some funky whimsy to mesmerize the tot that can't get enough. The graphics grab the attention with day-glow colors and close-up, bold details of many and various trucks. The imagination is further stirred by all manner of cargo these big vehicles carry to and fro. "Trucks have trailers. Trucks have cabs." Right, sure, everyone knows that. "Some haul rabbits. Some haul labs." Wait a minute! The illustration shows a long-eared bunny in the bed of a truck facing a panting yellow dog in another. The reader may ponder whether trucks really haul giant chocolate-chip cookies, huge puzzles and spaceships unless they belong in the toy box. At the end of the day, the tired trucker stops at the groovy truck stop with its retro, lighted sign. This is a great way to get young reading engines revved up and rolling. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416924357
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 680,465
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Frazier is a designer and the author and illustrator of the series Stanley Goes for a Drive, Stanley Mows the Lawn, and Stanley Goes Fishing. Craig is also the author of a personal monograph, The Illustrated Voice. His illustrations frequently appear on the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various business magazines. He is the designer of the 2006 Love stamp for the United States Postal Service. He is married with two children and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, the Schneider Family Book Award–winner The Pirate of Kindergarten, the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book You and Me and Home Sweet Home, and Planes Fly! A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Great Book for Toddlers!

    My two year old son has claimed this as his favorite. It is very difficult to find good books for little boys but this one is a hit. He hands this book to us and he loves to yell, "Trucks Roll" while we read to him. The illustrations are nice and bright. We read this book several times a day. I will recommend this to other boy moms for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Great book!!

    My 2 year old son LOVES this book!!! It is very well written and the story flows well. My son loves to yell, 'Truck roll!' along with the story. We've read it so many times that he almost has it memeorized...Mommy and Daddy definitely do!

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