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