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 RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved