- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805072330
- ISBN-13: 978-0805072334
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa Hardcover – August 11, 2005
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PreSchool-Grade 1–No matter how many truck books you have, certain youngsters will always clamor for more. This one offers a fun twist. Trucks of all shapes and sizes are introduced by three members of a family who, readers discover in the end, are building a new house. The text is spare, but reads aloud well, and the bold, simple illustrations that fill each spread speak volumes. Children will also delight in following a frolicking squirrel throughout the book and finding him on each page. It is the satisfying details like this that make the book a super addition to a much-loved picture-book genre.–Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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PreS. Short, rhyming couplets tell about a variety of trucks: what they look like, what sounds they make, where they go, and what they do. Meanwhile, childlike gouache paintings clearly illustrate the brief sentences or phrases on each page. London and Roche show a good sense of what toddlers like in a truck book: a straightforward approach, a simple text, easy-to-decipher artwork that shows a variety of trucks in action, and, in the end, a child behind the wheel. Though the final scene shows a child behind the wheel of a kiddie truck, watching movers unload boxes from a much bigger one, in his imagination, he is driving a big rig. A satisfying choice for little kids who love big trucks. Carolyn Phelan
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A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa’s gouache artwork and brief, rhyming text will appeal to young readers and would work well for storytime. Truck and car books are always popular, and there are many storytime songs, fingerplays and crafts that can work with this book. The author, Jonathan London, is also the author of the popular Froggy book series.
That moving truck gives the book some structure in its last 10 pages. A huge truck, with "Vincent and Francis Movers" painted on its side, rolls over a bridge, drives night and day, and finally arrives, through rural areas, and finally to a little neighborhood, where a young boy (whom we see driving his own toy tryck) joyfully watches the truck arrive at his home. London's narrative gives the boy's perspective, thus further engaging his young truck-loving audience.
"If I were a trucker,
I could polish the chrome.
I could hop in that big rig...
...and drive it on home!"
Below a picture of the sleeping boy--his toy trucks on the floor beneath him--there's a brief note informing us that author London's favorite truck is a '54 Ford pickup; illustrator Roche favors a garbage truck! This is a light book that should hold the attention of would-be truckers, and that may have special value for kids whose families are moving. Most of the trucks are in suburban or rural setttings, this is not a book for those who want to see trucks in the big city.
Originally posted on The Mystical World of Book Reviews.