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Publisher Comments:

Come along for the ride as Frankie the big rig truck takes us on the job, driving past kiddie cars (school buses) and land yachts (RVs). Hear the horn blow and the wipers schwat the windshield clean. But, BANG! SHHUUU! Uh-oh: a blow-out! Don't worry, a service truck saves the day so we can get the job done and make a very special delivery.
Every kid will love to learn the truck driver lingo in the story, and shout out their own sound effects as they return for another ride, read after read. Author Jamie Swenson takes readers from zero to sixty with her fast-talking truck and Ned Young's bright and engaging illustrations.

Review:

"A big rig named Frankie takes readers on a road trip, giving them a healthy dose of trucker vocabulary (a 'truck-ionary' with definitions is included). 'We've got cargo ready to roll,' Frankie explains. 'It could be anything. You name it, we haul it.' Frankie's rough-and-tumble narration ('Do I have a horn? Ha! What do you think?') owes a big debt to the vehicles in Kate McMullan's I Stink! and its sequels. Swenson (Boom! Boom! Boom!) also includes loud onomatopoeia, from the 'urrrrnnnt — urrrrnnnt!' of Frankie's horn to the 'eeeerrrrrrrrrr... daa-daa-daa-da-da' of his Jake Brake, which should make for noisy readalouds. Young's work also has echoes of preexisting vehicular lore — the 'smiling' bumpers and googly-eyed windshields of Frankie and the other trucks, buses, and cars will feel familiar to fans of the Cars and Trucktown franchises. Still, the story is consistently entertaining: from a rainstorm to a flat tire, there's no shortage of event, and Young (the Zoomer books) fills his bright, eye-catching scenes with myriad details to explore. Ages 3 — 6. Author's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jamie A. Swenson received her MFA from Hamline University. She works as an early literacy storyteller and librarian at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin where she shares fabulous books with children and adults. Jamie lives with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one lazy cat. Jamie would love to go on a trip with a big rig like Frankie-URRRRNNNT-URRRRNNNT! Cruise on over to her website www.jamieaswenson.com.

Ned Young is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose work has been published on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards. He is the author and illustrator of the Zoomer series. He lives in Brigham City, Utah. Visit him at www.nedyoung.blogspot.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781423163305
Author:
Swenson, Jamie A.
Publisher:
Disney Press
Author:
Swenson, Jamie
Author:
Young, Ned
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Transportation
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9 x 0.5 in 0.88 lb
Age Level:
from 3 up to 5

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Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
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Children's » Nonfiction » Transportation
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Children's » Transportation » Cars and Trucks
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A big rig named Frankie takes readers on a road trip, giving them a healthy dose of trucker vocabulary (a 'truck-ionary' with definitions is included). 'We've got cargo ready to roll,' Frankie explains. 'It could be anything. You name it, we haul it.' Frankie's rough-and-tumble narration ('Do I have a horn? Ha! What do you think?') owes a big debt to the vehicles in Kate McMullan's I Stink! and its sequels. Swenson (Boom! Boom! Boom!) also includes loud onomatopoeia, from the 'urrrrnnnt — urrrrnnnt!' of Frankie's horn to the 'eeeerrrrrrrrrr... daa-daa-daa-da-da' of his Jake Brake, which should make for noisy readalouds. Young's work also has echoes of preexisting vehicular lore — the 'smiling' bumpers and googly-eyed windshields of Frankie and the other trucks, buses, and cars will feel familiar to fans of the Cars and Trucktown franchises. Still, the story is consistently entertaining: from a rainstorm to a flat tire, there's no shortage of event, and Young (the Zoomer books) fills his bright, eye-catching scenes with myriad details to explore. Ages 3 — 6. Author's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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