Where's My T*R*U*C*K?by Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator)
Tommy's not himself today. He's lost his T-R-U-C-K! And no matter what Mom, Dad, sis, brother, and Grandma offer, it's just not as fun as his best red truck. The family dog isn't as picky, and sharp-eyed readers will wonder what happens to the cast-off toys Bowser gets his mouth around. Meanwhile, Tommy tears through the house and yard to hilarious and poignant effect, only to discover, in a grand moment of triumph, sneaky Bowser's secret stash. Hooray! Tommy's found his T-R-U-C-K! Come on Bowser, let's go play!
A welcome addition to the community of strong-willed but endearing picture-book protagonists, Tommy proves you can be in a funk and still be a sweet kid.
"Catrow's colorfully frenetic artwork and Beaumont's flawlessly rhyming text will have children chanting along . . . . By the end, readers will definitely know how to spell 'truck'[and] they will definitely recognize themselves in Tommy." — New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Anyone who's ever interacted with a young child who's lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k." — Kirkus
"Beaumont's refrain promises that listeners will know how to spell 'truck' by tale's end and is perfectly paced for expressive pauses and exclamations. Catrow's jam-packed pencil and watercolor scenes are masterworks of detail and humor. This is definitely a 'read it again' book." — School Library Journal
“Sharp-eyed viewers might guess who’s responsible for the truck’s disappearance before the mystery is solved, but knowing whodunit doesn’t detract from the fun. In fact, the pictures are just as, if not more, entertaining on subsequent readings.” — Horn Book
“Beaumont’s rhymes are consistently pleasurable . . . . Just as big an attraction, though, are Catrow’s wild, undulating . . . illustrations.” — Booklist
Anyone who's ever interacted with a young child who's lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k.
The rhythmic, rhyming text works well, especially out loud, as long as readers realize "t-r-u-c-k" means to spell out the word letter by letter: "But all I want to do today / Is find my T-R-U-C-K!" Scratchy pencil-and-watercolor illustrations capture the chaos of a household with young kids and pets: Clothes overflow from dresser drawers, soap and scrub brush go flying when Tommy peeks behind the shower curtain and toys spill out of an overturned toy bin. Tommy's shoes are untied, and his hair sticks up; it's easy to imagine this kid losing track of his things. However, alert readers and listeners will notice clues to the real fate of Tommy's truck. On every spread, his mischievous dog is dashing away, something he has filched in his mouth: a pair of gardening gloves, a fuzzy pink slipper, a toy dinosaur and more. It's especially funny when Bowser races away with the cat in pursuit, the cat's toy in his mouth, while the cat chases him, knocking over the ladder to the treehouse and stranding Tommy.
Don't read this at bedtime; the boisterous energy here is aptly summed up in the final rhyme: "HOORAY! I FOUND MY T-R-U-C-K! / Come on, Bowser! Let's go play!" (Picture book. 3-6)
The New York Times
Meet the Author
Karen Beaumont (www.karenbeaumont.com) lives in Capitola, California.
David Catrow (www.catrow.com) lives in Springfield, Ohio.
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