Synopses & Reviews
Tommy's not himself today. He's lost his T-R-U-C-K!
And no matter what Mom, Dad, sis, brother, and Grandma offer, it's just not as fun as his best red truck. The family dog isn't as picky, and sharp-eyed readers will wonder what happens to the cast-off toys Bowser gets his mouth around. Meanwhile, Tommy tears through the house and yard to hilarious and poignant effect, only to discover, in a grand moment of triumph, sneaky Bowser's secret stash. Hooray! Tommy's found his T-R-U-C-K! Come on Bowser, let's go play!
A welcome addition to the community of strong-willed but endearing picture-book protagonists, Tommy proves you can be in a funk and still be a sweet kid.
* "Readers are in for a very funny encounter with a memorable personality. Catrow doesn't let a single spread go to waste."
"Catrow's colorfully frenetic artwork and Beaumont's flawlessly rhyming text will have children chanting along . . . . By the end, readers will definitely know how to spell 'truck'[and] they will definitely recognize themselves in Tommy."
"Anyone who's ever interacted with a young child who's lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k."
"Beaumont's refrain promises that listeners will know how to spell 'truck' by tale's end and is perfectly paced for expressive pauses and exclamations. Catrow's jam-packed pencil and watercolor scenes are masterworks of detail and humor. This is definitely a 'read it again' book."
“Sharp-eyed viewers might guess who’s responsible for the truck’s disappearance before the mystery is solved, but knowing whodunit doesn’t detract from the fun. In fact, the pictures are just as, if not more, entertaining on subsequent readings.”
“Beaumont’s rhymes are consistently pleasurable . . . . Just as big an attraction, though, are Catrow’s wild, undulating . . . illustrations.”
About the Author
David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel; The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.