From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—A girl and her dad spend the day running errands, filling up their old blue pickup truck in the process. In the course of their travels, Old Blue is turned into a restaurant, garden, toolshed, feed store, and barnyard, among other things. On the way home it begins to rain, and the girl saves the day by using her just-purchased plastic tablecloth to cover the contents of the truck bed. The story ends with Old Blue polished, waxed, and looking like new. This enjoyable story is accompanied by oil on primed paper illustrations that have a bright and clean feel. The spreads use a combination of vivid colors including reds, blues, browns, and greens with ample white space and plenty of details to enhance the text. Pair this title with Lauren Thompson's The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
(S & S, 2007) for a father-themed storytime.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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About the Author
CANDICE F. RANSOM has written over 100 books, including Tractor Day and Pony Island. She received her MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband. www.candiceransom.com
JENNY MATTHESON has illustrated five picture books, including The Mouse, The Cat, and Grandmother's Hat by Newbery Award–winner Nancy Willard. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston, and she now lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband. www.jennymattheson.com