Everyone’s heard of a tow truck. And a pickup truck. An ice-cream truck? Of course! But what about a quint truck? A lowboy truck? A knuckle-boom truck? Readers will learn about these kinds of trucks—and many more—while learning the alphabet in ALPHABET TRUCKS.
Each letter of the alphabet is accounted for in this introductory concept book for young readers. From the familiar to the unusual, Samantha Vamos writes in snappy verse to present twenty-six different kinds of trucks, explaining where they work and what they do. From a dump truck that unloads a pile of dirt containing the letter "D," to a fuel truck filling up at a tank shaped like the letter "F," Ryan O’Rourke’s playful and light-hearted illustrations involve the letters in supporting roles in each scene.
Perfect for the truck lover, ALPHABET TRUCKS provides a fun and accessible way for children to learn their ABCs.
· IRA-CBC Children’s Choices
· Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
· Pennsylvania Center for the Book Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy
About the Author
Samantha R. Vamos is the author of Alphabet Boats, Alphabet Trains, Alphabet Trucks (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (illustrated by Rafael López) – 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor – its companion book, The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung (illustrated by Sebastià Serra), and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (2009, illustrated by Santiago Cohen). Samantha previously worked as an attorney, practicing in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL. Samantha was born in the Midwest, grew up on the east coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area with her husband, son, and their rescue puppy, Bowie. Visit Samantha online at www.samanthavamos.com.
For many years Ryan O'Rourke's illustrations have appeared in galleries, newspapers, and magazines, including a weekly illustration for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. One Big Rain marks Ryan's foray into children's picture books. He makes his home in Connecticut.
Read an Excerpt
Start the engines. Lift and load. Shift the gears and hit the road. Vroom! Rumble! Zoom! Alphabet trucks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A line of trucks drive past a group of people and show their uses. From A to Z, there is a truck for each letter! Why I liked this book – I really like how the cute and colorful illustrations really portray the trucks as they are but in a fun way. The trucks have a wide variety of jobs. I like how Ms. Vamos found a truck for each letter – including Q, X, V, and Z (I had no idea what a quint truck was before I read this book!). :) I think this is a great example how an author and illustrator works together to make a wonderful picture book. I love how the letters are involved in the pictures (like how the Vacuum Truck is sucking up capital and lowercase v’s). The rhyme is also a great part of the book – it makes it even more fun to read! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I couldn't agree more with the last review - Screech! And park it here for an incredibly erudite, delightfully written, vehicular romp through the alphabet with Samantha Vamos. If you have a mini mechanic in your family, you need to check out this book which will expand your knowledge about trucks as it educates your tiny one. How about that? A literary adventure for moms and pops as well as their babies. Ms. Vamos does it again with her clear, quick prose and underlying depth of content. It's a book that will continue to enchant and inform long after the alphabet is mastered. Don't miss this one, it's a winner.
Vroom! Rumble! Zoom! Here come the trucks! Did you know there is a truck for every letter of the alphabet? Young readers learning the alphabet are in for a real treat with the newest book from author Samantha R. Vamos. With bright, lively drawings and creative rhyme, this book shines. I is for ice-cream truck,/with frozen treats to taste,/J is for junk truck,/removing scrap and waste. The pages of this book are free of clutter and make the letters and trucks easily stand out. The retro-illustrations bring back fond memories of books from the 60’s and earlier – simple and fun. For me, it brought back recollections of my favorite childhood book, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. I’ve read a lot of alphabet books and was quite curious to see how this one would handle the more difficult letters. I’m not a truck expert, but I honestly couldn’t think of trucks for some letters. Fortunately, Vamos is far more creative than I and wrote a book that flows easily, uses all the letters of the alphabet, includes some neat trucks, and will easily engage even reluctant readers. If your child is learning the alphabet, consider this book to help him/her along. Quill says: Young truck enthusiasts will love learning the alphabet with Alphabet Trucks!