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“The set should be just the ticket for the nursery school market.” ―Children's Literature

About the Author

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains.

Ant Parker studied drawing and printing at the Bath Academy of Art in England and has taught papermaking, printing and bookbinding workshops for children. Toddlers and parents around the globe have discovered the irresistible appeal of his wacky cartoon characters in Flashing Fire Engines, Terrific Trains, Dazzling Diggers, and Roaring Rockets.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Amazing Machines
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753459175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on February 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Tough Trucks is a simple picture book with very few words per page. It tells about all sorts of trucks in the world. Each page has a picture of a truck with the job that it does. Each of the trucks are operated by cute little cartoon like animals that caught the attention of my 2 year old sister. This book is really neat for boys and girls for all ages.

The pictures are very colorful. In back in has a page where it explains tractors parts if you are not familiar with some of the words used in the book.

I would recommend this book to children ages 4-7. Lots of kids like to read about truck and transportation
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He got a copy of Tony Mitton's 'Terrific Trains' for his 2nd birthday - and he LOVED it so much, we decided to get him a copy of 'Tough Trucks' too.
Unsurprisingly, he loves it as well! It's a nice size book - 8x8inches - with bright, colorful pictures and not too many words per page. (Which is important, because little ones get bored if there are too many sentences each page!) The story rhymes and flows easily, so it's not too much of a mouthful to read, like some other rhyming stories.
I have purchased more books from this series for friends children, too - and will buy more from the series for my son, too! Great books!!
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I thought I was buying a board book, but it isn't. OK, so I read it, and I LOVE the book. I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren. The rhymes are great, and they use big words that I can explain to the children (like "accelerate") so they can develop the vocabulary to talk about trucks. Hey, I never knew the front was called a cab or that some trucks have a space where the driver can sleep. The "story" is good, too. So, it is fun and educational and great for a read-aloud book. And the pictures are good!!!

I'm going to read the other books by this author, Tony Mitton.
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We have a lot of the books in this series now and my son would love to have them all. Unlike other "franchise" type series, each one of these books is as creative and fun as the last... there's not one that my son doesn't like. He's three now and does prefer longer stories, but they're really good filler books that he never turns down, and I really enjoy reading them as the rhymes and images are a lot of fun. There's also a very cool glossary at the end that gives insight into what the parts of the vehicle are and what they do, that might actually be the most fun for my little guy. Really love this entire series, we've had a lot of fun with them!
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We bought this book as a gift because my son's friend likes trucks and my son enjoys his Cool Cars book by the same authors. The little boy was happy with the book and we all started reading it right away.
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Tony Mitton's books are factual and the rhyming is catchy. My grandsons and granddaughter love all of the amazing machines titles by Mitton. Love Ant Parker's illustrations, also, which are amazingly accurate in depiction of the machines. I just bought 3 of the amazing machines books to give to my brother to read to his young grandson. I think I have their whole series now for my grandchildren.
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My three year old son who loves any moving vehicle loves these books!!! I plan on buying him the whole set! Worth the money!! Just the right length to keep his attitude and he loves to read them without me also!
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This is the 5th book in this series that I purchased for my 3 1/2 year old son. He loves the pictures of the equipment and the animals using them, and the text is cute and age appropriate. All of the books have been big hits at home, and I plan on getting more for him during the next year. Recommended.
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