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Comment: The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels.
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Truck Paperback – March 25, 1991

4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Follow the big red truck on its cross-country journey in Donald Crew's classic wordless book, perfect for sharing with the very young.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 25, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688104819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0673816931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book, a 1981 Caldecott Honor book, is a nearly wordless set of pictures that follow a red tractor-trailer truck across country as it makes a delivery. From the black of the end papers, Crews drops the reader immediately into the action as the story begins on the title page with the truck being loaded with colorful boxes of tricycles. From there, the truck begins its journey from New York through the Lincoln tunnel, passing truck stops and gas stations and enduring rain and traffic jams, until it crosses the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where it unloads its cargo. The illustrations have an intense graphic quality, with sharp geometric shapes, heavy dark lines, and intense blocks of color. The style evokes the abstract shapes of road signs and intense colors of roadside attractions. The illustrations, printed on glossy paper, stretch across both pages and bleed to the edge of the page, drawing the reader further in to explore the pages. Children learning to read will be able to recognize many words in the road signs and on trucks and vans. Non-readers will enjoy spotting the red truck on each new page. The embedded storyline encourages children to follow a sequence of steps in a larger process, while the absence of words encourages children to elaborate on the action, making up their own stories to accompany the images.
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Format: Paperback
When I ask my 3 year old son Charlie to choose three books for bedtime reading, this book is invariably chosen from his truck shelf of books. The book documents a tractor trailer's trip, using signs, light signals and lots of traffic and highways. He loves it and so do I. This book also won a Caldecott Medal for illustrations when it was first published. Highly recommended.
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Format: Board book
I bought this book when my son was 18 months old. He had NO interest at all in sitting still to look at books. He took one look at all those TRUCKS and was transfixed. From the day I brought this book home he showed a greater interest in his other books and at 3 1/2 he is an avid "reader".
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Exploding onto the literary scene in 1980, "Truck" ranks among the best works of such luminaries as Twain, Voltaire, and Solzhenitsyn. Crews' seminal text will subvert the reader's preconceived notions regarding race, class, gender, power, and morality, while cleverly examining the interplay between these concepts in the framework of both physical space and philosophical dimensions. The result is a semantic tableau that is both so complex as to be opaque, and thus unknowable, while being so clear as to be reflective, and thus acting as a mirror that uncompromisingly reflects both the reader and society at large.

Few works challenge the dominant paradigms of prevailing superstructures as thoroughly as this book. But "Truck" is far more than a mere tract or simple call to action; it is also an intensely personal work that will leave the reader forever changed. Whether a scathing attack on all a complacent and decaying society takes for granted, or a piercing incision into the darkest depths of individual's soul, "Truck" is a work of such power that one needs not question whether or not they should read it, as chances are, it has influenced the world in such a way that one cannot have remained untouched by its legacy.

Be sure to also check out "School Bus," "Freight Train," and "Inside Freight Train" from the same author.
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My 1.5 year old boy loves this book. The illustrations are great in this book. There are no words so I've made up a story to go along with the pictures. We also point out the different cars, trucks, and busses in this book when we read.

If you're little one is a fan of cars, trucks, and busses, this is a great book.
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Although this wordless book appears simplistic, toddlers will find lots to look at and discuss. The storyline depicts the transportation of cargo (tricycles) across the country. Scenes include the city, the highway, tunnels, rain, the countryside, a bridge, a gas station, and more. Personally, I always wince a bit when my child chooses this book off the shelf, because I do find it quite dull to read compared to some others. But he loves it, which is what's important.

I took off one star because our copy has a duplicate page. There is one part of the book where you turn the page and the next spread is IDENTICAL to the one before. I can only assume that this is a manufacturing error. I'm not sure if we just got an extra copy of that spread, or if there was something different that was supposed to be there instead.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wasn't what I expected, there are no words, unlike the other Donald Crews books we have.
That said, make some up if you need. My 2 year old likes it enough, but it is not in heavy rotation like the others.
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I didn't get it at first. A bunch of shots of a truck at super weird angles, and that's it. However, my toddler loves it. It must be the same concept as Goodnight Gorilla where you just make up a story and that's what they love about it. He loves the colors, pictures, and pointing out the signs. Since I told him what the signs mean, now he points them out and tells ME what they mean, so he feels all smart and stuff :) He's 22 months old.
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