From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Hubbell's verse starts readers down a road that is sure to become a favorite route. "Old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo trucks. Red trucks. Blue trucks. Bringing-toys-to-you trucks.- Trucks that RUMBLE, ROAR and shriek." These vehicles whiz and zoom through country and city, as varying fonts enhance the sounds with visual clues. And what a visual trip it is. Even the fastest truckers will slow down to enjoy the scenery and many creative detours. Halsey has combined old picture-dictionary images, clip art, etchings, original drawings, and road maps, and her vivid spreads will have readers rubbernecking for a better view. The collages are uncluttered, yet filled with details on every page. Perfectly matched to the text, the artwork adds subtle humor along the way. Especially clever are the truck drivers. The "heavy truck" is loaded with peanuts and driven by an elephant. Readers will immediately appreciate the stork steering the delivery truck filled with babies, and the black-and-white zebra behind the wheel of the WZEB News van. Even the author and artist make an appearance, trucking down this busy highway. Children will turn this book every which way searching for familiar roads and towns on the many background maps, and they'll want to retrace the rhythmic and scenic route again and again. It's a great trip!-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-Gr. 1. Hubbell introduces young listeners to a wide variety of trucks, using succinct, cleverly written rhymed text. Children meet "old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo trucks. Red trucks. Blue trucks. Bringing-toys-to-you trucks." Halsey's colorful collage artwork uses a combination of road maps, images cut from old picture dictionaries, clip art, and original drawings to enliven the words. She creates spreads that will dazzle the eye and amuse children able to catch her subtle humor: a stork, who advertises day or night deliveries, drives a truck filled with babies; an elephant operates a flatbed overflowing with boxes of peanuts; and a lightning bug drives an electrician's vehicle. Halsey also varies the perspective of her spreads; most move from left to right, but some require turning the book sideways, and one circles around the page. Only one small glitch: the penguin driving the snowplow should rename his company the Antarctic (not Arctic) Plow Co. A first pick for story hours; just make sure kids have plenty of time to peruse the details after the telling is done. Kay WeismanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved