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Trucks Trucks Trucks

by Peter  Sís

Published by Greenwillow, 1999
24 pages
ISBN: 0-688-16276-2

Ages 2 - 5

Matt, the imaginative toddler who turned into the object of his affection in last year's Fire Truck (Greenwillow), has now branched out in his interests. Like many children his age, he has a passion for trucks of every kind: cranes, bulldozers, backhoes, rollers, street cleaners, tractors, and dump trucks. Matt's bedroom is filled with toy trucks, as in the previous volume, he takes his play quite seriously. His imagination really goes into overdrive, however, when a parent asks him to pick up his toy trucks and Matt digs, plows, pushes, rolls, scoops, loads, and hauls his way to cleanliness and order. Each double-page spread zeroes in on a single truck, accompanied by the relevant action word: scooping, for example, accompanies the rubber-tired backhoe, with Matt in the driver's seat, operating the controls. The trucks get progressively larger with each turn of the page, symbolizing the child's deep involvement in his work. Sís's attention to fine mechanical details such as rivets and gears, will delight young truck enthusiasts, while his homage to a child's imaginary play will strike a chord with even wider audience. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children. (KTH; June 21)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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