Daddy drives a big red tanker truck, and he’s away on the road a lot. But once in a while, he’s near enough to pick up his little boy from preschool. And today is one of those very special days!
All day as he plays at school, the little boy pictures Daddy’s truck making its way toward him. Meanwhile, Daddy pushes on, down the highway, over mountains, through tunnels, and uh-oh—into a horrendous traffic jam!
Now all the other mommies and daddies have come to pick up their kids from school. But where is Daddy?
Daddy drives a truck. Not just any truck! It's a big, shiny, red tanker truck, and Daddy is on the road a lot of the time. But today isn't just any day. It's the day Daddy is going to pick up his son at preschool! All day long, the little boy imagines the moment when Daddy will pull up in his big red truck, as he goes through his waking-up and school-time routines. Meanwhile, another story is told in tandem: Daddy's day, and his actual road trip as he motors his way home for his special date with his young son. The two stories are both told in rhyme, and pictured nicely in side-by-side illustrations that relate the world of the young at play with the real world of grownups at work. The full-color watercolors in this delightful hardcover book communicate the emotions all preschoolers know—especially the excitement and anticipation of a special outing with a parent! Other emotions all too familiar to preschoolers are brought forth, as an unanticipated traffic jam causes worry for son and father alike. Rest assured, Daddy and his truck do manage to get there on time. The jaunty rhyme of the text and the joyful illustrations are just right for truck-loving preschoolers, and for the daddies (truck-driving or not) who hurry home to them.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A preschooler wakes up excited, knowing that his trucker daddy will be picking him up from school in his tanker truck. Throughout the day, the boy's thoughts are on the impending time with his dad. Some of the illustrations depict the father's activities with childlike, crayonlike drawings, perhaps "created" by the young protagonist. Other illustrations with fuller, brighter hues follow his activities. Bouncy rhyming text accompanies the simple pictures. "I'm waiting and waiting so hard./I hum our favorite song./Humming through my sandwich,/`Daddy don't be long!'" The man is stuck in traffic, but when he finally arrives, the boy is full of glee and runs into his arms. The trucker dad is depicted wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt, and he sports a short ponytail, an earring, and tattoos. The happy twosome set off for the open road together. While not an essential purchase, the subject matter will appeal to the crowds of boys who can't get enough truck books.-DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A young boy is very excited because today is the day that his father is going to drive from far away to pick him up from school-in a tanker truck. The boy can almost hear the truck coming. But first there are things to do. After an excited goodbye to his mother, the boy goes to school. The day crawls by even though he enjoys himself playing games and painting pictures. Eagerly anticipating his father's arrival, the boy imagines Daddy driving toward him, traveling the tunnels, hurrying down a hill, carefully crossing a bridge and maneuvering through traffic. Finally, the school day is over, but the boy's father is running late. When is he coming? Then the truck screeches to a halt in front of the school; father and son are reunited and overjoyed. Colorful, sketchy watercolors and playful, rhymed text tell the boy's story and show the father's journey and happy arrival. A respectable addition to any truck collection. (Picture book. 3-5)
From the Publisher
"Colorful, sketchy watercolors and playful, rhymed text tell the boy's story and show the father's journey and happy arrival."
Jana Novotny Hunter has written more than fifty books for children. She lives with a very naughty beagle named Moffitt in a tiny English village surrounded by cows, horses, and lots of noisy sheep. In 1993 she and author/illustrator Sue Porter opened Bear Studios, a place to work, discuss ideas, and meet others involved in children’s books.
Carol Thompson says, “It’s always exciting to receive a new story text in the mail; immediately pictures come into my head. When the art is finished and sent to the publishers, there is a sense of loss since the book has been part of my life for many months.” Carol lives with her family in England. She has illustrated more than thirty titles, many of which she has also written.