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Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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Told in rhyme, Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street starts out with the ever-popular and familiar ice-cream truck "selling everything sweet". Alas, the truck breaks down, blocking the middle of the street. Next up is a mail truck, which soon finds itself stuck because of the broken-down ice-cream truck. Third is a truck carrying hay, which gets stopped in its tracks by the two stuck trucks ahead of it. One by one, a yellow-helmeted boy on a red bike counts the trucks which roll up his street only to find themselves stuck, until there are twenty trucks blocking the road. For a counting book, Lee has created an entertaining story whose ultimate solution belongs to the boy and not the adults.
Illustrator Kurt Cyrus uses a bright color palette with high visual appeal. The twenty big trucks, depicted from a variety of perspectives, dominate the pages. Sometimes a sole truck appears on a page, other times multiple trucks, and sometimes a spread depicts all twenty trucks. Boys will love identifying all the different trucks. Secondary to the trucks are the people, who include a range of body shapes and ethnicities. Cyrus rightly makes the young yellow-helmeted boy on his red bike the only constant presence.
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street brought back fond memories for me of the days when my young brother would clap his hands excitedly whenever he saw a truck. As an elementary school resource teacher, the majority of my students are boys.Read more ›
I love giving books to young readers and this book is a joy to share. The story, the pictures, the feel of the book -- my Father, Nephew, Grandnephew and friends who are new Parent's loved it. I even gave a copy to my friend who is a Pediatrician, for his office.
This is a book to make the Boys (and Girls) in your life smile.
The story starts when popular ice-cream truck that sells everything sweet will break down and block the middle of street. Right behind it a mail truck will stop and soon the third will come that carries hay, all stopping because the middle of the street is blocked.
Then reader will meet a yellow-helmeted boy on a red bike that will slowly count one by one truck, until the twentieth, all of which got stuck in traffic due to a broken ice cream truck. And although no one will expect it, this smart boy in the end will help adults and find a solution to this problem…
“Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street” is nicely designed children book that carries a great lesson while its rhythm and rhyme makes it extremely catchy so children without effort will be able to learn it by heart.
Especially beautiful are book illustrations where Kurt Cyrus used bright colors which have high visual appeal showing twenty trucks, big and small, from different perspectives, over the whole page. Although the book title might suggest that the illustrations could be similar or uniform, the illustrator has skillfully avoided that trap using, besides above-mentioned different perspectives, different size and number of trucks on different pages – sometimes one or few, or all twenty of them in bird's eye view.Read more ›
Our son is 2 and he really likes this book. While this is not my favorite book to read as a parent (as far as the story goes), the illustrations in this book are probably some of my favorites! Ice cream trucks, mail trucks, garbage trucks, cranes, delivery trucks, trucks carrying pigs....this book has them all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 2 1/2 year old grandson loves this book. And it has a nice plot to it besides being a counting book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
Personally I was surprised to see the School Library Journal's glowing review of this book (I'm a librarian too). I just don't like this book, which my son received as a gift. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie
This book was a hit with the children because of the variety of trucks, and they loved the idea of the little boy solving the problem of how to get the traffic jam resolved.Published 2 months ago by reader/thinker
Man, do we love this book! It's a fun story & GORGEOUS illustrations. So many things to look at -the different people, all kinds of trucks, cityscapes, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Just Starting
I was really hoping for a book to help my son count to 20, but this is not it. Otherwise, it is a fun book with lots of trucks and interesting things going on.Published 5 months ago by John AKA Cali
My grandson really enjoyed this book. Nice illustrations. And the story is well written.Published 7 months ago by Terry