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Author: Sara Gillingham

Illustrator: Sara Gillingham

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2015

Material: board book

Summary: This book has a circle cut out in the middle with a baby's face in the middle that can spin around. On one side the baby has a sad face and on the other a happy face. On each page, the baby is driving a different type of truck. There is a problem and the baby fixes it. This is an interactive board book for toddlers and preschoolers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 4

Age of Child: Read with children ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: Both children loved this book and loved turning the baby's head back and forth. My 2-year-old son loved the trucks and the animals in the picture. There were a lot of other things in the pictures that I could ask him to point to and engage him further.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the pictures in this book and it was different than any book that I have seen. Simple but good. It offered a lot.

Pros: Fun pictures will engage Little readers of every stripe. It is great for vehicle lovers, problem solvers, and wiggly toddlers. Turning head holds the attention of the little ones.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. It was a fun book that children want to read over and over. It would be worth adding to your personal collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A GOOD DAY   WHOSE TOOLS?   MY BIG RIG (Board Buddies Series)

Educational Themes: With its happy face and sad face, toddlers can learn opposite feelings with hands-on learning. The fun illustrations also give you a lot to explore and can help with object identification not just for trucks, but for other things, as well.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, trucks, emotions, opposites, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

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