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Old MacDonald Had a Truck Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—A new twist on a classic story and song, this book is just pure fun. All readers know about Old MacDonald and the things on his farm. But they will love the new toys he has in this tale. All the usual animal friends are present in the illustrations, but he's also got excavators, bulldozers, and dump trucks. The lyrics of the song may have a nonsense-type flow, but that will make singing/telling the story that much more fun. The illustrations are rich and tell as much of the story as the text does. Gender roles are slightly flipped, as Old MacDonald's partner in the book is a woman who clearly knows her way around the farm and a steamroller, too. This is a book that could be used to teach a multitude of lessons. VERDICT Highly recommended as a first purchase, this entertaining read will bring a new dimension to storytime.—Shannan Hicks, J.S. Clark Elementary School Library, LA
"A fun, entertaining intersection of song and topic."-Booklist
"Loads of infectious fun make this a read-aloud treat."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A new twist on a classic story and song, this book is just pure fun."-School Library Journal
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The book answers a perennial problem: how do you interest young kids in the written word? I’ve always loved the idea of library and bookstore storytimes. In my imagination, I sit in a comfy spot not too far from the front, the spellbound child on my lap melting into me. In reality, my toddlers always preferred to roam around the room, their perpetual search for choking hazards and social interaction set aside only for the songs.
Some books like Chris Van Dusen’s "If I Built a Car" scratch the melodic itch through rhythm and rhyme (e.g., “Jack, from the backseat, said to his Dad, This car is OK. This car is not bad.”). Others include music in the narrative. "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" rocks. So does "Old MacDonald Had a Truck."
This fabulous picture book had my kids rapt, alternately giggling and howling out lines like:
Old MacDonald had a MOTOR GRADER
With a SCRAPE RAKE here
and a RAKE SCRAPE there
here a SCRAPE, there a RAKE
everywhere a SCRAPE RAKE.
In "Dinosaur Dig"-esque fashion, it’s unclear what Old MacDonald and his farm full of animals are up to with the pieces of machinery revealed in each verse. Then comes the big reveal: they’re building a monster truck racing course complete with grandstands and floodlights!
The colorful, appealingly drawn background scenes provide loads of detail and silliness to engage discussion. There’s a pig in a hardhat looking mildly startled by a front loader run amok. A cow sits politely eating a sandwich. This stuff just kills with the under-8 set.
The illustrations also subtly challenge gender norms, showing Old MacDonald’s similarly weathered female companion working as an auto mechanic throughout and driving the truck in the final pages as he rides in the passenger seat.
Children receive exactly what they’re looking for from "Old MacDonald Had a Truck": enough familiarity to be comforting, but the novelty, complexity, and whimsy needed to enthrall. Take my 22-month-old’s advice and “read Old Don Tuk, read Old Don Tuk!”
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