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The Trucker Hardcover – July 20, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374378045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374378042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—Leo's mom knows the extent of her son's fascination with trucks. He's driven them up and down her legs, lost one in her oatmeal, and used another to pour syrup on his pancakes. When they go outside to explore the neighborhood, he ignores everything but the trucks, and when she surprises him with a new cat, he exclaims, "This is not a fire truck!" The plump tabby will not be pushed away, though; she finds ways to interact with Leo and his trucks. With a cat like Lola in his life, the child eventually finds different uses for his toys and more time to spend with a new friend. This book is sure to be a hit at storytime. The colorful art is hilarious and full of the details in a child's everyday life. It's is fun from cover to cover, and the text allows readers to make themselves as loud as the trucks and as animated as Leo.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Trucks are the focus of young Leo's day, and Samuels' bright, energetic illustrations show him playing busily with his beloved toy vehicles: vrooming cars up Mama's legs on the couch and using a crane to pour pancake syrup. When Mama gives Leo a surprise gift, he is disappointed to find Lola the cat, instead of the firetruck he'd hoped for. Lola follows him everywhere, joining his games by moving the wrecking ball, becoming a road crew member, and rescuing his toy bunny from a burning “building” (a cardboard box), before ending up at Mama's truck stop, where boy and cat eat together. A winner for young children, this offers a real story along with all of the vehicle action. Kids will enjoy the combination of active play and cozy snuggling, and they will want to share and act out Leo's games many times. The endpapers offer more interactive fun with words, such as Beep! Honk! Vroom! printed in bright colors for kids to point to, shout out, and even read. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman

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My grandson wants me to read it many times each day.
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It continues to be a favorite for my favorite 4 year old!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Samuels' The Trucker is my son's new favorite book! As a parent of a truck-LOVING 4 year-old, both he and I could totally relate to the mother and son in the sweet and funny story of Leo, who asks his mother to repeatedly read his favorite truck book. My son particularly likes the pictures, and the different uses that the trucks have (for pouring syrup, for example). It is just a lovely book, and has something for everyone--parents and kids, truck-lovers, cat lovers, and people who just like a nice children's book. The illustrations are just perfect, both colorful and realistic--with Leo always able to zero in on a truck whenever there is one around. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on July 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A little boy named Leo loves big rigs, "Leo was a trucker. No doubt about it. Beep beep!"
His mother tries to get him interested in other things like flowers and pets but when she brings home a cat, Leo says, "She's YOUR cat...YOU name her. So Mama did. She called her Lola." Fortunately, Lola joined Leo in the fun of driving fire trucks, tow trucks, and dump trucks. The colorful large size illustrations are perfect for story time, and this book is not just for boys, girls will enjoy the humor: lots of brilliantly colored vehicles, and fun sounds for children to repeat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Potters on August 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Once again Barbara Samuels combines beautiful watercolor illustrations with a hilariously funny story that involves children and their pets ... this time a creative little boy Leo and his droll and unusual cat Lola... Leo's mother will draw some chuckles as well. The story is wonderful, building up to a delightful mayhem... and every page along the way includes lots to look at and talk about. Loved this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This picture book has one thing that I just love: lots and lots of minute details hidden in the illustrations, making this ideal for one-on-one sharing with a little one. I liked the endpapers which repeat, "Beep beep! Honk Honk! Vroom!" and so on with other appropriately truck-like noises. Anyone who's ever had a transportation-obsessed youngster in their lives will be able to relate to this story. "Leo was a trucker. No doubt about it." His mom indulgently looks on as he crawls with his trucks as a baby. When Leo matures into a busy redheaded toddler, she tiredly sprawls on an easy chair, drinking tea, a book on a nearby endtable How to Raise a Sensitive Boy, surrounded by an elaborate play construction site that Leo is overseeing. She appears to have a penchant for colorful, busy patterned socks, which I had fun hunting for in the following pages.

The story really takes off when "Leo asked his Mama to read his favorite story over and over and over..." (and here the words trail away to the edge of the page.) They go for a walk, and as Mama enjoys the variety of people and activities they see in their urban neighborhood, Leo has eyes only for trucks. Thinking that she is asking him if he wants the toy firetruck that he's gazing at, Leo answers in the affirmative and ends up with a pet kitten instead. What initially seems like a disaster turns to everyone's advantage when it's discovered that Lola, the fat orange tabby, is quite a truck aficionado herself, making Lola and Leo inseparable buddies.

Large colorful illustrations, with effective use of white space, should make this book a favorite for transportation-themed storytimes. I'd recommend this for children aged 3 to 8.
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By Debbe Jantz on March 19, 2013
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This book talks about almost every truck little boys love: diggers, dump trucks, firetrucks, and even cherry pickerel not to mention many more. It's very readable to a 3-6 year old. My grandson wants me to read it many times each day. He LOVES naming all the trucks.
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