"Old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo trucks" hit the road in Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Megan Halsey. The convoy of vehicles, often with surprising drivers, travel the highway against a backdrop of offbeat collage compositions featuring maps, etchings and original drawings. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
It must be genetic. That's one explanation for my son's love of trucks, whatever their shape, size or color. We've never done anything to foster this affection. His room is not stacked from floor to ceiling with trucks. Indeed, they are a distinct minority among his toys. Yet, he and other small boys whom we know share a deep love of trucks. The author and illustrator must have had my son in mind when they created this imaginative, brightly colored book. There's much here to fascinate and capture young readers' imaginations. Moving vans, milk trucks, car haulers—they're all here. There are also many clever surprises. Most of the trucks have unconventional drivers, sure to spark questions and comments from clever young readers. The Statute of Liberty drives the Liberty moving van. Dalmatians drive a fire truck, a cowboy drives a Lone Star Oil Co., truck, a ghost drives a Halloween pumpkin truck, and a snowman drives an ice cream van. Surely, the author and illustrator have a deep, latent affinity for trucks. That is the best explanation for how they designed this book, which has everything young truck lovers could ask for when reading about their favorite vehicles. 2003, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 3 to 5.
Bruce Adelson, J.D.
PreS-Gr 3-Hubbell's verse starts readers down a road that is sure to become a favorite route. "Old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo trucks. Red trucks. Blue trucks. Bringing-toys-to-you trucks.- Trucks that RUMBLE, ROAR and shriek." These vehicles whiz and zoom through country and city, as varying fonts enhance the sounds with visual clues. And what a visual trip it is. Even the fastest truckers will slow down to enjoy the scenery and many creative detours. Halsey has combined old picture-dictionary images, clip art, etchings, original drawings, and road maps, and her vivid spreads will have readers rubbernecking for a better view. The collages are uncluttered, yet filled with details on every page. Perfectly matched to the text, the artwork adds subtle humor along the way. Especially clever are the truck drivers. The "heavy truck" is loaded with peanuts and driven by an elephant. Readers will immediately appreciate the stork steering the delivery truck filled with babies, and the black-and-white zebra behind the wheel of the WZEB News van. Even the author and artist make an appearance, trucking down this busy highway. Children will turn this book every which way searching for familiar roads and towns on the many background maps, and they'll want to retrace the rhythmic and scenic route again and again. It's a great trip!-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
These neatly skillful rhymes and creative, detailed collages will delight the youngest of truck aficionados. There's no real story here, just lines of trucks moving on their way, described by size and action ("Heavy trucks. Light trucks. Whizzing-through-the-night trucks"), by function ("Ice-cream trucks. Fire trucks. Carpenters-for-hire trucks"), or by noise ("Trucks that rumble, roar and shriek. Trucks that putter, groan and creak"). Real-life road maps and patterned paper comprise many of the backgrounds as various trucks drive up, down, and across the pages; twice the entire book needs to be turned sideways to follow curving and diagonal roads. Full of detail yet never too busy, the collages can be glanced at quickly or perused at length. Careful readers will notice that many drivers have an unusually strong connection with their particular truck's cargo-the Arctic Plow snowplow, for example, is driven by a penguin, the flatbed peanut truck by an elephant, the cement truck by a statue, the "Cash or Charge!" money truck by a rhinoceros. The nature of connection between truck, cargo, and driver varies, offering interesting questions to readers in the mood to ponder puns and products; for those who just want rhymes and trucks, this will be a quick, joyful, and often-requested read. (Picture book. 2-5)