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Monster Trucks Hardcover – September 22, 2003

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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Fourteen monster trucks are brought to life through giant cartoons that roar with personality and an enthusiastic text. Each bold spread introduces a different massive machine, such as a garbage truck named Stink ("Eating and crunching,/munching and slurping./Just don't be around/when this guy starts burping"); Mr. Salty the snowplow; and Suds, a "Slime-sucking sweeper." Bright, solid-colored backgrounds allow the vehicles to take center stage. Large eyes glare from headlights and windshields, while grills and bumpers grin and grimace as the machines dig and lift, haul and move. Children can learn interesting facts about all of these trucks on the final page, where each vehicle's size, speed, and special features are listed. A good choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing, this book will spend more time on the road than on the shelf.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS. Though not as clever as Kate McMullan's I Stink (2002), this book about big vehicles will satisfy the same audience. Here, there's a wider range of vehicles: dirt dumpers, bulldozers, moving trucks, plows, and, of course, a garbage truck. All are personified, some with glaring eyes, others with razor sharp teeth, and they all sport names such as Chuck and Mr. Salty. All do their jobs with a ferocity that comes clear in the text: "Monster trucks! Monster trucks! / Slime-sucking sweeper trucks. / Snorting and scrubbing with a big bristly brush--cleaning the streets for the 9 o'clock rush." The bruisers are placed against pure, jelly-bean colored backgrounds that add a festive note to the serious business of hauling, moving, tugging, cleaning. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061818208X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618182084
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renee Theodore on July 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
funny... the review below is exactly my story. we also borrowed this book from the library, and after renewing it I decided we need to own a copy of the book. My son loves to hear this book over and over again, and has memorized the truck's names. Great book for any car and truck fan!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookMom on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
True, the title doesn't refer to "Monster Trucks" as in the big, noisy truck rallies. But the trucks in the book are monstrous - as in very large. My son loves cars and trucks of all kinds, and absolutely fell in love with this book. He began to memorize it after only 3 or 4 readings. We had borrowed it from the library, and he misses it so much that I'm buying it today.
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By Marie Jane on April 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library thinking it would feature my toddler's favorite thing, Monster Trucks. Although there are not actual "monster trucks" featured my toddler delighted in this book. He like most his age adores anything large with wheels.

This book features a huge variety of trucks with catchy rhymes and repeated patterns on each page. I liked that the rhymes are not too "cutesy" and were actually comical for an adult to appreciate along with the child. The illustrations are detailed and humorous.

My toddler requests this book each night and I catch him reading it all the time. We will certainly be purchasing this wonderful find. For a mom still learning about all of the trucks out there this book was educational for the both of us!
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By Pris on October 14, 2009
Format: Board book
This is a really fun book. My son loves the illustrations of the various vehicles and I think it's fun to read. The rhyming, alliterative wording rolls right off the tongue. The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars is because one page talks about a garbage truck burping. Not a big deal, but for a 3/4 year old, hearing "burping" results in trying to make burping sounds and ridiculous giggles. Not a deal breaker, but something of note. We've had this book for a year and read it several times a week and still, the faux-burping continues. All in all, great for any child who loves trucks!!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 3 y/o son who loves playing with, and hearing stories about, all different types of large work trucks. I originally began to read this story to him from a "5 minute" collection of bedtime stories, and it quickly became his favorite. I purchased the actual book itself because it contains a few more pages than the bedtime stories collection, and now we read it everynight before he goes to bed. BLUF, if you have a young child in your life that loves dump trucks, bulldozers, and similar work trucks, then this is a great short story for them.
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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Yep, we borrowed this book from the library... twice... and my boys still wanted to read it daily. I decided to purchase it and was happily surprised to find it in board book form (the library version was traditional hard back copy). My sons are 1.5 and 3 years old... great read for toddlers. This book is not about monster trucks in the ESPN sense of the word "monster." Rather, the trucks themselves have monster personalities and physical features! Very fun book!
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Format: Hardcover
If you have a kid who's into trucks, this book will really wow them. The pictures are cartoony and bold, the feel of the text is lively and fun. The only downside is that the rhyming verses don't scan well -- Todd seems to have a hard time getting the meter to flow, and often puts big, work truck-oriented words in in ways that don't really fit. It's clunky and makes the text difficult to read. But it's still a great book... kids will love it! (ReadThatAgain!)
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By mom of three on November 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son picked this book out at the library on a whim. However, now whenever we have to return it on our next trip we have to go straight to get "the truck book mom". No other truck book will do. and no other books are needed. It is a great book because it is simple and fun without too many details for little ones with limited attention spans. Not for the avid construction truck enthusist but wonderful for the little boy( or girl) who just loves trucks!
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