Making his debut, Santoro tells the story of Isaac, a bright pink ice cream truck with a big self-esteem problem. Santoro's background in film animation shows in his sense of perspective, such as the fire-fighting scene's vertical thrust or the foward lean of a semi truck carrying automobiles. Santoro's considerable visual acumen will likely appeal to truck and Good Humor fans alike.
Making his debut, Santoro tells the story of Isaac, a bright pink ice cream truck with a big self-esteem problem: "He felt a little silly when he looked around and saw what great things the other trucks could do." Even though people always come running when they hear his cheery song (music is provided at the end of the book), it isn't until he provides much-needed refreshment for some weary firefighters that Isaac realizes his self-worth: "He could do something very, very special--Isaac could make people happy!" Santoro's background in film animation shows in his sense of perspective, such as the fire-fighting scene's vertical thrust or the forward lean of a semi-truck carrying automobiles. The text at times lapses into a treacly verbosity, but Santoro's considerable visual acumen will likely appeal to truck and Good Humor fans alike. Ages 3-5. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
K-Gr 2Isaac is a hot-pink ice cream truck with an inferiority complex. He dreams about being a more impressive vehicle, such as a moving van, or a crane, or a delivery truck. But Im only an ice cream truck, he thought, and theres nothing important about an ice cream truck. One day, Isaac and his driver friend Paul are trapped on the street when a nearby building catches fire. Isaac looks on enviously, convinced that the fire trucks are the most magnificent vehicles he has ever seen. After the fire is successfully extinguished, a tired firefighter sees Isaac and exclaims, Well, if it isnt my lucky dayAn ice cream truck, just when you need it most! This story sends the valuable message that everyone is special in some way. In keeping with its whimsical tone, Santoro has personified the trucks in the colored-pencil artwork with eyes for headlights and mouth-shaped front grills. The words and musical score for Isaacs Song appear on the endpapers. Pair this book with Marjorie Sharmats Im Terrific (Holiday, 1977) for a storytime about self-esteem.Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Santoro's retro-style illustrations in soft colored pencil are tinged with happy nostalgia...But this is no tribute to Dick and Jane: a female firefighter, people of color, and a contemporary rollerblader extend the sinple pleasures associated with the "good old days" well into the present.
The Horn Book Magazine
Newcomer Santoro's story of the ice cream truck that pined for a more important role in life suffers from a premise that's well-worn and still frayingthe person or object that longs to be something "more" in life, only to find out that his or its lot in life is enough, after all. Isaac the ice cream truck envies all the bigger, larger, more important vehicles he encounters (the big wheels are depicted as a rude lot, sullen, surly, and snarling, hardly a group to excite much envy) in a day, most of all the fire trucks and their worthy occupants. When Isaac gets that predictable boost to his self-imagehe serves up ice cream to over-heated firefighters after a big blazeit comes as an unmistakable putdown to the picture-book audience: the children who cherished Isaac"They would gather around him, laughing and happy"weren't reason enough for him to be contented. Santoro equips the tale with a tune of Isaac's very own, and retro scenes in tropical-hued colored pencil that deftly convey the speed of the trucks with skating, skewed angles. (Picture book. 4-8)