Synopses & Reviews
Never was there a subway car who loved her job more than Jessie. From morning to night she carried all sorts of people all sorts of places—to work and school and World's Fairs, over bridges and through tunnels—sometimes she even took a pigeon along for the ride! But as time passed, sleek new silver cars began to take over the tracks, banishing Jessie to an abandoned lot. What will she do with no passengers to carry? And where will she go now that she's no longer welcome on the tracks?
Based on the true story of 1960's-era subway cars that are now being used to create artificial reefs in the Atlantic, this stunningly illustrated second book from Julia Sarcone-Roach is sure to delight scuba diving historians and kids alike.
"Jessie is a New York City subway car who loves her job: carrying people (and the occasional Christmas tree or wedding cake) all over the city, accompanying subway musicians with clickety-clacks, zooming through subterranean tunnels. But what will become of Jessie when she's too old to refurbish and repair? The upbeat answer: Jessie becomes part of an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean, 'And now a whole city lives inside her.' Sarcone-Roach (The Secret Plan) so effectively portrays her heroine as an endearing, can-do machine that some readers may find Jessie's journey to the ocean floor genuinely alarming. Because Jessie has no idea what's happening to her, the pages that depict her being stripped of parts, loaded onto a boat full of anxious-looking subway cars, and dumped into the spooky depths of the ocean feel a bit like witnessing a mob hit. What's more, Jessie's sweet smile and eager eyes disappear once she becomes a reef; by erasing her personality and focusing on the aquatic life that takes up residence on and in Jessie, Sarcone-Roach ends with an obituary rather than a new beginning. Ages 5 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andquot;A tasty treat on trucks and takeout.andquot;
andquot;Thereand#39;s plenty of personality in Toddand#39;s quirky fleet of trucks.andquot;
andquot;Readers will be inspired to write a poem or design a food truck for a favorite food thatand#39;s and#39;rib-stickinand#39;, finger-lickinand#39;, or toothpick-needinand#39;.andquot;
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andquot;What will draw in ravenous readers are Toddand#39;s pen-and-ink illustrations: busy, thick-lined depictions of each heavily themed vehicle, each popping with the kind of detail that will make kids wish there were toy versions.andquot;
A comical fleet of fourteen food trucks is rolling into town in this fun and informativeand#160;picture book about the street food craze.and#160;Mark Todd's cartoon illustrations and rhyming text introduceand#160;this culinaryand#160;convoy as they take toand#160;the streetsand#160;serving up yummy treatsand#160;and some surprising facts about America's contemporary chuckwagons.
"Talk about your meals on wheels!"and#160;Aand#160;convoy of comic food trucks is heading your way, serving up a mouthful ofand#160;good eatsand#160;with aand#160;side of humor and verse.and#160;They've got everything fromand#160;french fries to falafel. You can sample sushi. Build a burger. Eat an empanada!and#160;There's a food truck flavor to satisfy every appetite in this comically illustrated picture bookand#160;with rhyming text.and#160;A fun andand#160;informative homage to tasty treats and transportation.and#160;Additional fun facts on food history andand#160;nutrition are also peppered throughout the book.
About the Author
Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.