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This Truck Hardcover – Large Print, May 4, 2004

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Colorful, large, and realistic paintings of trucks will entice readers who love big rigs. Similar in approach to Collicutt's This Car (2002), This Plane (2000), This Boat (2001), and This Train (1999, all Farrar), this book begins with a child playing with a toy bulldozer. The simple text explores a few opposites ("This truck has a short crane./This truck has a long crane") and on other pages describes what a particular vehicle is doing (towing a boat, carrying a rocket, pouring out salt, etc.). Front endpapers show many vintage models and back endpapers depict a variety of current-day examples including some from different countries. The youngest transportation fans will enjoy having the book read to them, while the large print on white space and repetition aid beginning readers. While not as inventive as Sallie Wolf's Peter's Trucks (Albert Whitman, 1992; o.p.) or Patricia Hubbell's Trucks (Marshall Cavendish, 2003), this offering is a solid addition.–Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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PreS. Little truck lovers will want to talk about the action-packed pictures here, each one a clear, detailed, brightly colored close-up of a powerful machine at work, with a few simple words highlighting concepts as part of the action. A toy truck is small; a forklift is big; a giant dump truck is enormous. In each case, the people shown operating the truck help establish the machine's relative size. A caterpillar excavator picks things up; on the opposite page, a dumper dumps things out. One machine crawls through the desert; opposite, in contrast, a fire engine races through the city. For older truck fans, the endpapers show small, meticulously detailed images of particular trucks from around the world and through history--from the France's De Dion-Bouton Type FR World War I military truck to the NASA crawler-transporter used to carry the space shuttle. The proper names of the trucks are as alluring as the machinery. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374374961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374374969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Transportation-minded author Paul Collicutt ("This Train," "This Plane") keeps things moving in this better than expected book about all kinds of trucks. He cleverly engages his toddler or early grade school audience by showing them a picture with which they can identify--A boy in a sandbox playing with a truck. Then, Collicutt ups the interest level by immediately showing captioned pictures of real working trucks. Notice how he sequences the first three pages: He begins with the toy truck ("This truck is small."), then to a logging truck (This truck is big."), ending with an extremely tall truck with trees in its container ("This truck is enormous.").

Collicut presents similar contrasts throughout the book, such as a truck that pours out salt on the lefthand page, and a truck sweeps up litter on the right; an old truck that's "overloaded," contrasted with a large truck that "has no load at all;" a truck that "crawls through the desert" versus a fire truck that "races through the city." The varied selection of trucks, and the succinct descriptions keep things simple but interesting.

I especially like Collicut's vigorous illustrations: The trucks look muscular and energetic, and boldly colored backgrounds give them a context. He's especially talented with blue and purple shades, at times giving them an almost luminescent glow. THe book has a big "WOW!" factor, and is suitable for individual or small group presentations. In addition, the book's short sentences and word repetition helps beginning readers.

Mr. Collicutt doesn't even forget his adult audience: The front endpapers show small, labeled pictures of historic trucks, including "Labatt's Streamliner (Canada, 1948), a Sentinel diesel DV46T coal dump truck (U.K., 1955), and a Ford Model T fire engine (U.S.
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By yulia on February 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My toddler and I both enjoy this book. The pictures are realistic and colorful, and the trucks are shown in all kinds of situations. There's lots of instructional content: have you seen a "truck" that carries rockets? We checked tout his book from the library, and now really want to own one. Will definitely check Collicutt's other books!
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