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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; Library Binding edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670884553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670884551
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This picture book, about the many kinds of things that get delivered and how they are transported, takes readers on a disorienting ride. The driver of a truck marked "Daily News" stops for gas before dawn in the opening and closing images of the volume, acting as bookends to one day's deliveries. But the variety of items passing through the spreads makes the book feel disjointed. For instance, "Boxes and cans/ come in trucks and vans" shows a delivery man entering a grocery market, but for the next spread, "Unwrap it all/ for shelves on the wall" shows two women in Howe's apparel shop. Suen's spare text lacks the lyrical quality of her previous book, Window Music, also illustrated by Zahares (e.g., "Wheels and wings/ carry many things" and "Containers wait/ at number eight"). Zahares's strongly modeled, geometrically precise paintings set complementary colors together for high contrast, but muddy brownish tones predominate. The artwork seems constrained by the text; the clamor of buildings, cans, shirts or pipes detracts from the fresh interior perspectives and the wavy, willfully distorted landscapes that underpin the compositions. The artist creates a hint of a through line for the narrative: for example, a shopper carries a Howe's clothing bag in the food market; a truck from the florist shop in one spread is pictured traveling down a busy avenue in the next. But these visual connections do not completely compensate for what the text does not deliver. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A brief look at commerce and transportation. Two lines of rhyming text per page explain how trucks, planes, and trains carry and distribute flowers, fuel, food, etc. Pipelines deliver oil, and freighters transport consumer goods. Suen uses a literary frame of 24 hours in the life of a community, from its early morning newspaper shipment to its home delivery again the next day. This book has a nice, understated tone. The text doesn't overwhelm Zahares's stylized artwork. Bold and angular, the illustrations have an almost impressionistic feel. Books such as Claire Llewellyn's Trucks (Watts, 1995), Darlene Stille's Trucks (Children's, 1997), and Gail Gibbons's Flying (Holiday, 1986; o.p.), have a narrower focus, but Suen's title succeeds at delivering the big picture.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Who is Anastasia Suen?

a) Author of 190 books for children and adults.

b) Booklist columnist and literacy blogger.

c) Children's literature consultant.

d) A former K, 1, 5, & 6 teacher who visits schools to teach the six traits of writing.

e) A former SDE, UNT, & SMU instructor who works as a freelance editor critiquing manuscripts.

f) All of the above.

The answer is: (f) All of the above.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Irresistable images steal the show. Simple rhyming text at the 'One Fish Two Fish' level. Appealing glimpse of early morning activity in a city, captures that sense of quiet anticipation. Like Seuss books, adults may want their own copies.
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