This book has a story that is sort of painfully simple. It's not a classic in that way were it's familiar to a lot of people, and still it lacks any sort of competitive edge to make it stand out among the average kid's books of yesterday or today. However, this one is a Golden Book for a reason. That's more than I can say for my son's unfortunate copy of "Pokemon: The Movie" (the Golden Book, not the actual movie...which is a very low-grade book of screenshots, basically). This dump truck book doesn't go very far into exploring dump trucks, or the animals featured, or much of anything, but it's still a cute book, with the classic Golden Book feel and pacing. Nothing here is too outdated for modern kid's to relate to. It's one of the books I expect my son to be able to read himself earlier than some others. The vocabulary of this story is simple and really balanced like you expect from a classic Golden Book.