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Author: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrator: Jim Datz

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Publisher: Abrams Appleseed, 2015

Material: board book

Summary: Who has a truck to clear the roads after the snow? Whose trucks puts out fire? Whose truck has a boom and a hook? Discover the various type of trucks and their features that help our communities in this multi-paneled and fun book. This rhyming board book engages readers in identifying different types of transportation.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: The kids loved it, especially my truck-obsessed three year old. My five year old was even interested because the flip panels and the named parts of the truck gave her something to do and to learn. Unsurprisingly, my 3-year-old is absolutely crazy about this book. We have read it every day for weeks. My daughter's reaction was unexpected. Usually she merely tolerates truck books, but she enjoyed this as well.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book. It has cute illustrations and a fun, repetitive, and kid-friendly rhyming narrative.

Pros: Fun activities, bright and fun illustrations, a guessing game, and informative labeling of the trucks gives kids lots to explore.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. My son loves this book so much, I will be purchasing it and a few more copies for birthday gifts.


Educational Themes: Pair this book with your collection of toy trucks. Bring the book to life by copying the activities you see on the page. You might also use the labels from the pages to point to those same parts on your toy. Pointing to the labels also helps with word recognition and early reading.

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: Nonfiction - picture book, trucks, rhyme, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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