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