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I'm a Truck Driver (Christy Ottaviano Books) Hardcover – June 22, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Christy Ottaviano Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K This is a wonderful picture book about trucks, from power shovels to street sweepers and more. On every other spread, a girl and a boy take turns driving each of the vehicles. The trucks are described in rhyming couplets those that the boy operates feature onomatopoeia, making this book a must for storytimes and read-alouds. I'm a BULLDOZER operator./Growl, grumble, broom!/I'm a big earth mover./Growl, grumble, broom! The alternating voices of the children help to enhance the rhythm and rhyme of the story and present a great opportunity for a reader's theater or dual-storyteller presentation. The acrylic illustrations are vibrant, cartoonlike, and friendly. In addition, the girl's pages feature a cat and the boy's, a dog. Children will quickly pick up on this pattern, and they will search out the animals. With expressive faces on the trucks, the pictures will draw young audiences into the story, reminding them of Jon Scieszka's Truck Town (S & S, 2008). Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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In simple rhymes that accompany big, boldly hued illustrations of kids operating heavy machinery, this appealing introduction to powerful tools will draw in a significant demographic. Some of the rhymes are less inspired than others (“I’m a CEMENT TRUCK driver / Rumble tumble, tumble rumble. / Wet cement in the mixer. / Tumble rumble, rumble tumble”),but in combination with the pictures, the spreads do offer the goods: the sounds of the trucks, what they do, and where they do it. Parkins’ acrylic paintings feature anthropomorphized trucks that look like they have faces—usually in the front, with headlights for eyes (though the backward-facing garbage truck shows off his big jaws full of trash bags). Each truck is driven by a delighted child, and each illustration includes either a white dog or a striped cat in some sort of comical role. There’s no story here, just a progression of trucks, but for the right audience, these trucks carry their own drama. Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan

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He has me read it to him every night before bed.
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It reads like the authors couldn't be bothered to make rhymes and just put in some sounds to make up the book.
J. Campbell
The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, and the text is brief, yet clever.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Goldweber on May 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The publisher touts the onomatopoeia as if it's a virtue, but actually it's half-hearted and rather weak. I concur with another 2-star reviewer of the book who said it feels like London couldn't finish the rhymes. The pictures are better than the words, with some nice deep colors, though the dog and cat are rather obvious. Instead I recommend Roadwork (a.k.a. Roadworks) by Sally Sutton, which also uses onomatopoeia but in a way that makes a natural rhyme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This world is filled with trucks, each with a specific job to do. This picture book highlights are few of these such as cranes, stream rollers, snowplows and power shovels. The pages show a boy and girl taking turns using the equipment while the text tells about the machine featured and how it works.

The pages are made a thick card stock. They should last through numerous reads. Be on the look out for a funny dog or cat hidden in each illustration!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norene Shephard on July 16, 2010
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The book is charming, was well received by the children. The pictures are colorful and include both genders as drivers in the big machinery mentioned. There is much good information in the book. On the combine page, however, there is an error--farmers know that combines do not operate in the rain. The grain cannot be harvested when wet. ". . . in sunshine and rain" is cute verse but innacurate in this case.

That being said, I would recommend the book for others . . . .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Campbell on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The onomatopoeic portions of this book just don't do it for me. It reads like the authors couldn't be bothered to make rhymes and just put in some sounds to make up the book. I think it is the fact that they alternate with the couplets so that the rhythm of the book just doesn't work for us. I like the illustrations and the sturdiness of the thick pages. But overall I would not recommend this book.
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By Pat Blaszko on May 6, 2014
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My grandson loves this book. Took it out from the library yet couldn't find it in any book stores and we have many big chain book stores here as well as small independent ones. A great book!
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