Zoom! Boom! Bully (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series: Level 1)

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Overview

Every time the trucks try to build something, Big Rig comes along, and - ZOOM! BOOM! - knocks it down! What can they do to stop such a big bully?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy Orr
This story, with illustrations by several award-winning illustrators, showcases machinery that talks. Each machine truck has a name and personality. Jack Truck, Dump Truck Dan, Payloader Pete, Cement Mixer Melvin, Gabriella Garbage Truck, Monster Truck Max, Grader Kat, Wrecker Rosie, Tow Truck Ted, Izzy Ice Cream Truck, Big Rig, Rescue Rita, Pumper Pat, Hook and Ladder Lucy, and Tow Truck Ted join forces to excite the reader with onomatopoeias such as "Zoom!" and "Boom." Geared towards encouraging active children to read, the book has an accompanying website for children, students, teachers, and parents. The website has online games and coloring pages. Jon Scieszka is particularly interested in promoting literacy among young boys and male adults; perhaps that concern influenced his choice of topics. However, this book is innovative and fun to read. I would love for my daughter and other young girls to read it and get excited about trucks—and reading. Reviewer: Amy Orr
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

These titles will draw beginning readers into the zany world of anthropomorphic trucks, whose distinct personalities and endearing facial expressions roll across the colorful pages. In Party , Jack and Gabby deal with swerves, curves, and potholes in the road as they follow a dizzying array of directional signs on their way to a friend's celebration. It's a fine companion to Jennifer Armstrong's Once Upon a Banana (S & S, 2006) to reinforce the concept of reading signs. In Bully , trucks watch with dismay as Big Rig wreaks havoc with the barrels, crates, and tires that are intended as a birthday cake with cement frosting. Delighted to discover the cake is meant for him, Big Rig still can't resist the urge to ram into the construction with a final rousing "ZOOM! BOOM!" Though the book is designed for independent reading, the sound effects make it an excellent read-aloud.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416941392
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Series: Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 640,594
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.08 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Gift for preschool age

    This is a cute gift. It is not for infants or toddlers as they said in the recommened age, however.

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