Uh-Oh, Max (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)

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Max is having so much fun that he keeps getting stuck! Will anyone in Trucktown be able to help him out?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Max, a monster truck, zooms, jumps, and flies. "'To the max!' he cheers." Max then falls to the ground (the highway) with a big "BONK!" and an "Uh-oh," and tumbles under an overpass. Max is stuck, wedged in tight and upside down. He calls for Jack, a tractor-trailer, to push him out, but no luck. Kat, a bulldozer, tries to dig him out, but again, "no luck. Max is stuck. 'Call Gabby!' Max shouts." Gabby, a garbage (I think) truck talks and talks and talks, but does not help. "Do you want an ice cream? Do you want an ice cream? Do you want an ice cream?" asks a hyperactive ice-cream truck, racing around in circles. "An ice cream won't help." The Fire Truck twins try to squirt Max out, but nope. Then: "Tow Truck Ted? Of course!" Ted pulls Max out and flips him over. Max is delighted to be free, zooms off… and jumps. "Here we go again!" The simple, repetitive vocabulary will be pleasurable for beginning readers, but the silliness of the story makes this enjoyable for adults to read out loud. The illustrations and typography are full of energy. It is not a complex story, but it is a fun one. A level 1 book from the "Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Ready-to-Roll" series. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416941415
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 303,109
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.

David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus. He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

David Gordon is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Riggs. His first book for Simon & Schuster was the adorable Smitten. He has done concept work for Pixar’s Toy Story; Toy Story 2; A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars; as well as Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. He also did character design work on Blue Sky’s Robots. He lives in New York City. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    I love John Scieszka's stuff, but I don't think this series translates particularly well to Beginner Readed books.

    The full length Trucktown books are awesome and soooo much better.

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