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Smash! Crash! (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown) Hardcover – January 8, 2008
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Meet the Trucktown Gang
Jack is a prankster action hero! He is active, rowdy, messy, loud and goofy. He is the fastest truck and the best-at-truck-sports truck. Jack's work is to play. And he plays, and plays, and plays, and plays.
Dump Truck Dan
Dan is Jack Truck's best friend. He is one strong truck and loves to show off that strength, whether its pushing rocks, loading up dirt, or getting into trouble with Jack.
Pete is Dan's brother, and he is loud, rough, tough and competitive! But he's also the most loyal friend a truck could have. As he puts it "I would take a punch in the grill for those guys."
Cement Mixer Melvin
"I'm worried!" and "I don't want to" are two of Melvin's favorite phrases. He is a loveable worrier, which is good because he LOVES to worry.
Gabriella Garbage Truck
Gabriella knows everyone and everything. She's a social butterfly and maybe bit of a know-it-all, but still a blast to have around. She can always talk about what's going on! And talk... and talk... and...
Monster Truck Max
Max is everything you would expect a monster truck to be. Especially ACTIVE! He is oversized, jacked up, and nitro-boosted to the MAX! He's always getting his wild self into trouble and it's a good thing he's got good friends like Jack and Dan to help him along the way.
Sensitive, creative, and mature, Grader Kat is the most artistic truck around. Don't believe it? Check out her tire treads! Her creative ideas and experimental nature make her a great addition to any adventure.
Rosie is big. Rosie is a wrecker. Rosie is a great big wrecker sweet and clumsy and who lives to bounce about wrecking things. But beneath all that noise and wreckage there is also a very big heart.
Tow Truck Ted
Tow Truck Ted is smart--really smart. He knows more about truck mechanics, repair, history, and even truck mythology than anybody else. But watch out, he's also got a sly side and he's always got a plan.
Izzy Ice Cream Truck
Izzy is an ice cream truck. He sells ice cream and only ice cream. And he says only one thing--"Do you want ice cream? Do you want ice cream? Do you want ice cream?"
Hook and Ladder Lucy and Pumper Pat
These fire truck twins are responsible, do-gooder citizens. Practically always together, they love doing things the right way. Lucy thinks they are being responsible. Jack and Dan think theyre a little bossy.
Big Rig is a bully. He's a tailgating, horn blasting, black exhaust spewing, license expired, outlaw. And those might be the nicest things you could say about him. The best thing to do with this guy is steer clear.
Rita is Lucy and Pat's little sister. And the biggest tag-a-long... She just wants to join in on all.
About the Author
David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus. He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.
Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.
David Gordon has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.
Top Customer Reviews
BUT your little guy or girl will fall head over heals for this. This is one of those books kids want read to them again and again and again.
Cute art; clever lettering; a so-so story (so be patient when you read it the thousandth time); but a sure-fire hit with the kids who matter most.
The text occasionally suggests the intent to rhyme without paying off with an actual rhyme, and the author appears to have been unsure whether his two smash-crashing heroes are destructive or helpful. If anything, it appears to be a training manual for bullies.
Parents of daughters may find the representation of the sole female characters demeaning at best. And, as other reviewers have likely mentioned, the "story" is oddly disjointed and episodic.
A truly shallow and seemingly ad hoc effort, paid off only by our son's affection for trucks and cars in general. Avoid.
We talked about how this is mean, thinking it would be resolved in the end. Nope. They just get put to work smashing buildings. In other words, their bad behavior is finally put to good use, but so much for all the "people" and property they've left in their wake. Got this as a gift and want to give it away, though I'm not sure any kids should get this book with its poor message. There are plenty of truck books out there for little boys. Would not recommend it at all... can't believe so many parents on this site are!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glue was on every page and the main cover was bent out of shape.
The content in the book is great, my son absolutely loves it.
The main characters destroy property with no repercussion of any kind. The main characters lay waste to the work of a cement truck who is doing his job, again with no... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ts
This is, unfortunately, one of my sons favorite books. We read lots of books with him, and he really likes this one. As his parents we do not like this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Richards
My boy's favorite book when he was little, read it a million times!Published 9 months ago by mommyx3
This is by far the worst writing in children's books I've seen. All one need do is open one of the books in this series and you'll know why I feel this strongly. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sam