Synopses & Reviews
There are many different kinds of trucks to drive. You can dig up dirt with a power shovel, lift steel beams with a giant crane, flatten tar with a steamroller, and push away snow with a snowplow. Preschoolers will love watching the little boy and girl in the story as they sit in the drivers seat of twelve great machines that rumble and tumble and go clinka-vroom vroom!
"London (the Froggy series) and Parkins (Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors) leap right into fantasy with this catalogue of best-loved big rigs. 'I'm a POWER SHOVEL operator,' declares a girl, who takes turns narrating and sitting behind various vehicles with a male counterpart. 'I dig up the land./ I operate the gears/ and scoop up the sand.' Parkins sets his action at night or against dark-hued cobalt skies, a striking dramatic element not usually found in this genre. A hapless cat and dog contribute visual slapstick (getting stuck in cement pouring from a mixer or nervously peering down from an I-beam suspended from a crane). This duo clearly knows what their audience likes: chunky, rounded shapes (fans of Disney's Cars will recognize the style immediately), simple but accurate detailing, plenty of onomatopoeia, and just enough anthropomorphism to make it clear that these trucks revel in collaborating with humans--in a standout fire truck scene, the vehicle's headlamp eyes squint with a determination that echoes that of the boy and cat in its cab. Ages 3 7. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Jonathan London is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the ever-popular Froggy books, as well as A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa and A Train Goes Clickety-Clack. He lives in Graton, California.
David Parkins has illustrated many books for children including Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping and The Adventures of Old Bo Bear. He lives in Ontario, Canada.