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Matthew's Truck: Super Sturdy Picture Books Hardcover – March 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Super Sturdy Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622695
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-This book opens with Matthew playing with his yellow dump truck, which "likes to go places." The turn of the page shows the youngster driving as it "RATTLES along rough, bumpy roads…and SPEEDS across smooth, slippery ones." After a series of adventures, it finally "pulls into its own private parking place…right next to Matthew's pillow." The vehicle travels through a wild terrain of "steep cliffs" and "deep dangerous lakes" while Takahashi's winsome acrylics reassuringly depict the everyday landscape of a flight of stairs and a fish tank. Charming details include a cat watching over Matthew and his truck as well as tire-tread endpapers. The simple story, bright pictures, and sturdy pages make this book a dandy addition to early literacy collections.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS. "Vroom! Matthew's truck likes to go places." As a toddler steers his red-and-yellow dump truck through his household, paint box-bright pictures reveal the power of imaginative play: It's Matthew himself behind the wheel. He and his trusty vehicle explore houseplants transformed into "green, leafy forests," plunge into an aquarium "lake," and, finally, park for the night in a private spot, right beside the driver's pillow. Though both text and artwork are nicely managed, it's the cleverly conceived format that merits extra attention here. Part of the same Super Sturdy Picture Book series as Charles Smith's Let's Play Basketball [BKL S 1 04], and featuring the same cardstock pages, rounded corners, and durable, unjacketed cover, this gives toddlers the experience of reading a big-kid book--without the need for repeated applications of glue and tape. Jennifer Mattson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Matthew, an adorable Beatle mopped toddler loves his toy dump truck, a truck that "likes to go places." He navigates his truck throughout the house, taking readers along for a magical mystery tour of vivid imagination. Matthew converts household items and rooms into a forum for his truck. Plants become a forest; the fish tank a lake; his bed a place to park his beloved truck for the night. The bright pictures and appealing child will certainly delight young readers. Don't be surprised if you are asked to read this again and again.
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I bought this book because my son's name is Matthew. When he was about 2-3, this was such a fun book for us to read together. He loved seeing his name in a book. It's definitely a book we read over and over.
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By C. Eicke on April 5, 2014
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My 2 1/2 year old son loves this book. It really explores the child's imagination when they are in their own world playing with toys.
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By Lillerenee on December 12, 2008
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An excellent book for children. Prompt delivery; product in excellent condition as advertised.

The text is very simple, but an important feature (which is sure to grab the attention of young truck lovers) is the captivating use of action verbs. The boys to whom I read this book, repeatedly, were soon quoting the text to me.

The use of everyday props (chairs, the fish aquarium, potted plants etc.) to produce the adventures of a little boy playing with his truck validates the imaginary play of a child and encourages his or her imagination to flourish unihibited when playing around the house.

The little boy in the story "sees" what they, themeselves, see; and it is a great source of joy to have this vision shared through a storybook.
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