Monday, October 19, 2015

If You HAVE To Read A Truck Book

We recently had a weekend guest, one who is very fond of truck books. Trucks are not my favorite subject to read about. That's mainly because the truck books I've seen are usually about trucks as a subject. "Here's this kind of truck, that kind of truck. Oh, and look at the big tire!"

A trip to the library provided us with a couple of truck books more to my taste.

Five Trucks by Brian Floca involves, yeah, five trucks. "The first truck is large and heavy." There's your sentence for the first two-page spread. "The second truck is small and quick" is on the second. This appears to be a traditional truck book that just lists things about...trucks. However, all these trucks can be found at the same place--airports. The point, and the book does have one, is that all these trucks are necessary to support airplanes. The text doesn't come right out and tell us that, though. We have to work it out. That makes a truck book a lot less mind-nu--I mean, a lot more interesting.

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis with illustrations by Daniel Kirk is a rhyming tale of a dog driver whose truck does, indeed, get stuck. He gets plenty of help from various other vehicles and their drivers. Nothing seems to work.

The beauty of this story is that it is a story in which a truck driver (even though he is a dog) has a goal and an experience. Before I got to the end, I was wondering, How will he get his truck unstuck?


Unknown said...

My 4-year-old is obsessed with truck books (and has been for some time now). I feel like we've read them all! I would add Digger Man and Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha to the list, and also the Truck Town books by Jon Scieszka. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey does kind of list out the different types of trucks, but its wonderful rhyming text and unique spin on the more traditional here-are-a-bunch-of-trucks type books make it stand out.

Gail Gauthier said...

Well, we have a three-year-old in our family. Trains as well trucks with him. I don't remember this mechanical stuff being such an issue with my own sons.