Synopses & Reviews
Zooom! Wooeeee . . . ! "Make way!" The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayorand#8217;s limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon thereand#8217;s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style. and#160; Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this new adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever.
". . . big, swooshing street sweeper; the taxi with screeching brakes; the busy police car; the frowning bus. The angry traffic standoffs and the small truckand#8217;s triumph will be welcome fuel for many preschoolersand#8217; imaginative play."--Booklist and#160; "It's in the fusion of the old-fashioned with the modern-eclectic--one man in the crowd listens to an iPod--that the book's artistry shines."--Publisher's Weekly
"Schertle's (All You Need for a Beach) rhyming stanzas are succinct, and she gives readers plenty of opportunities to chime in with animal and vehicle noises; colored, standout fonts highlight these sounds for extra effect. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) gouaches recall the heyday of Golden Books in their combination of vividness, naand#239;vetand#233; and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic."andnbsp; --Publishers Weekly, starred review (4/28/08)andnbsp;
"Droll facial expressions, which still retain their animal quality, add more humor to a perceptive text about being different." Booklist, ALA
Blue teaches trucks, cars and lots of other busy city vehicles that "one at a time is the way to go" in this playful, rhyming story.and#160;Now available as a companion big book to Little Blue Truck.
“The books artistry shines.” -Publishers Weekly
The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans—even the mayors limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, a traffic jam ensues. Hey—one at a time! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style. Jill McElmurrys vibrant illustrations honk with bright colors and city energy, as do the boisterous rhymes. A delightful big-book companion to Little Blue Truck.
A little blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with aand#160;bit ofand#160;help from his friends.
Beep! Beep! Beep!
Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.
Tackyand#8217;s an odd bird, or Penguin rather, who likes to do splashy cannonballs and greet his companions with a loud and#8220;Whatand#8217;s happening?and#8221; In fact, heand#8217;s something of an eccentric, which his fellow penguins find somewhat bothersome until his odd behavior saves the day!
Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.and#160;Tacky is an odd bird. He likes to do splashyand#160;cannonballs and greet his companions with a loud "What's happening?" In fact, he's something of an eccentric, which wouldn't be a problem if all the other penguins weren't such ...conformists.When intimidating visitors invade their peaceful nice, icy land it'll take a lot more than a bunch of perfect penguins to save the day. Thank goodnessand#160;Tacky's such an odd bird!and#160;and#160;
About the Author
Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.LYNN MUNSINGER has illustrated more than ninety books for children. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where she majored in illustration. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.