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Truck Stop Hardcover – May 16, 2013
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PreS-K-A boy describes a morning at his family's truck stop. He and his parents get up early and prepare for customers who have breakfast at the diner. Uncle Marty turns on the lights in the garage. All the regulars start arriving, including Maisie, who drives a milk tank, and Dan, who drives a moving van. Everyone has a "usual" order, like sausage and pancakes with lots of syrup. But the man who drives a green pickup is missing, and no one has seen him. Soon the Big Yellow Bus comes by and, on the way to school, the narrator spots Green Gus by the side of the road. The boy asks the bus driver to call the truck stop, and he knows that Pete and Priscilla's Tow Truck will come by, that Uncle Marty will fix the problem, and that the driver will have bacon and eggs sunny side up. Tomorrow the morning routine will play out all over again. The simple text and mixed-media illustrations tell the story well, and the endpapers display 16 different kinds of vehicles.This book will be a hit with youngsters who love trucks.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Here’s an engaging homage to the truck-stop community that serves long- and short-haul drivers. Told from the point of view of a boy whose parents and uncle run the diner and repair shop, the narration is simple but offers enough well-chosen descriptors to make children feel the tires rumbling, see the bright lights, and smell breakfast cooking. The family’s day begins before sunup as they prepare breakfast and open shop for the regulars who come rolling in: Eighteen-Wheeler, Milk Tank and Maisie, Pete and Priscilla’s Tow Truck—a diverse group who orders coffee, eggs, sausages and pancakes (they resemble their breakfast dishes). But Green Gus, the old pickup, is missing. As the boy rides Big Yellow Bus to school, he spots Green Gus broken down on the side of the road and knows just who can help. Colorful multimedia paintings capture the warmth and camaraderie. This slice of Americana is just right for little truckers, who will also enjoy poring over endpapers illustrated with a variety of trucks. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jeanne McDermott
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And a sweet story.