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Where's My T*R*U*C*K?

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Somewhere on the continuum between the egomaniacal Anthony from the Twilight Zone's "It's a Good Life" episode and William Steig's sulking Spinky, you'll find Beaumont and Catrow's Tommy, a boy who is inconsolable about the loss of his favorite toy: " ‘Shhh!' I hear my parents say,/ ‘Tommy's not himself today./ He's lost his T-R-U-C-K!' " It's not as if Tommy is without options—it's clear he has plenty of toys, as well as two willing playmates ("My brother says, ‘Let's climb a tree.'/ My sister says ‘Play house with me' "). But as every kid knows (and seldom admits), it's what you don't have that matters most. From the very first spread, where a deflated, embittered Tommy sits in the middle of a very big chair, it's clear that readers are in for a very funny encounter with a memorable personality. Catrow doesn't let a single spread go to waste, whether he's capturing the ongoing, id-driven antics of Tommy's inadvertently heroic dog, Bowser, or portraying Tommy having a rare analytical moment while hanging upside down from a tree. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Beaumont’s rhymes are consistently pleasurable . . . . Just as big an attraction, though, are Catrow’s wild, undulating . . . illustrations.”
Horn Book
“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.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review
"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

"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."

Horn Book

“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.”

Booklist

“Beaumont’s rhymes are consistently pleasurable . . . . Just as big an attraction, though, are Catrow’s wild, undulating . . . illustrations.”

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Tommy has lost his toy truck and all he wants to do is find it. The well written rhyming lines on each page are funny and engaging, making this a great read aloud for story time. When Tommy loses his truck, the whole family is involved in a frantic search and despite the best efforts of Tommy's mom, dad, sister, and brother, Tommy cannot be consoled until the truck is found. The hilarious repeated spelling of t-r-u-c-k will undoubtedly have many young readers spelling truck by the end of the story, and pre-school children will begin to understand the idea that letters combine to spell words. The illustrations on every page are whimsical and unique, attracting the attention of young readers and providing lots of extra detail which embellish and enrich the text. These quirky and expressive illustrations, combined with a story that children can relate to because it is about a lost toy, work together to create a book that young children will enjoy. The rhyming text is humorous, repetitive, explicit, and consistent and the illustrations are rich with detail and humor. After a few readings with an adult partner, young readers may enjoy reading this story independently because the carefully written text encourages independent reading for beginning readers. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This peppy picture book relates in rhyming verse the story of a boy's expansive search for his favorite toy—a riding truck. The frustration escalates as he looks in obvious places, then in "Grandma's smelly trunk…," a toolshed, and a tree house, all to no avail. Throughout the tale, family members offer alternate toys, excuses for his temper, and affectionate consolation. A raucous and rotund dog finally digs a huge hole and reveals the treasure, which lies amid other items, including an iPod and a set of false teeth. 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.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Pamela Paul
…celebrates what's maddeningly frustrating about childhood—for both children and parents—in such a way that allows children to laugh at themselves at their worst…Catrow's colorfully frenetic artwork and Beaumont's flawlessly rhyming text will have children chanting along as Tommy grows increasingly irate.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732223
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 353,109
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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    Am a HUGE fan of this team !

    If you like "Doggone Dogs!" ,"Ain't Gonna Paint No More",etc. etc. this will not disappoint

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    Posted October 19, 2011

    Delightful

    What a delight to read. My grandson laughed out loud in enjoyment. Highly recommend.

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