LITTLE BLUE TRUCK by Alice Schertle

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Plucky animals rescue stuck truck. As the bright blue truck with headlights like eyes rattles down the country road, all the animals greet it. A big yellow dump truck comes zooming by; after passing Blue, Dump gets stuck in a patch of mud. Blue tries to help, but he gets stuck as well. Lickety split, the cow, the horse, the sheep, the chicken—all the farm animals—pitch in to free the two vehicles. They can’t quite budge the trucks until the big green toad (pictured knee-deep in mud in a muscleman pose) joins the team. Out pop the trucks. Dump learns a valuable lesson—“a lot depends on a helping hand from a few good friends”—and Blue gives the animals a lift back to the farm. Schertle’s rhythmic text—accented on the page by judiciously applied colored inks—fairly chants itself. McElmurry’s vibrant illustrations, in gouache on watercolor paper, recall Cooney and Burton in palette, line and design. This crisp rendition of a familiar scenario is sure to become a storytime favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-205661-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




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