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MY BIG RIG (Board Buddies Series)

Author: Jonathon London

Illustrator: Viviana Garofoli

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books,

Material: board book

Summary: A little boy is playing with the trucks in his room. He starts pretending that he is ACTUALLY driving his big rig across the country to unload his cargo at the harbor. Through forests, across the desert, and over the plains, it’s a BIG RIG ADVENTURE! This board book plays into kids' imaginations about turning toys into real life things.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Read with children 18 months and 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My sons asked for this book after we read it the first time. My kids loved it. It’s bright and colorful and has a big truck in it! I was surprised at how my 18m child was attracted to the pages. He’s not yet very interested in books, so this was actually one of the first books he has sat and listened to!

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the colors in the book, the illustrations were lots of fun. But I was a little disappointed by the text. When I pick up a board book, I often expect the words to have rhythm and rhyme, which is so important for developing language at this age. The text was fine, but not spectacular. However, I think it was great to see my 18m son flipping through the pages to look at the colorful pictures. So it’s definitely worth opening!

Pros: Colorful pictures, a chance for sound effects, and a truck! make this a fun book for young kids.

Cons: No rhyming text.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is fun, but your kids will outgrow it and look for more sophisticated truck stories.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THINGS THAT MOVE (Usborne First Words)   THE OLD BLUE PICKUP TRUCK   BIG RIG DADDY

Educational Themes: This board book is designed for little hands to hold and explore. You can go beyond the story to talk about transportation. The book gives a great overview of what a Big Rig does to get products from one side of the country to the other. You can also talk about geography: what is a desert? A forest? The Plains?

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

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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