MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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These monster trucks really are monsters, and their race is sure to get cheering children on the edges of their seats.

A spooky speedway surrounded by creepy trees and with gravestones in the center is the setting for this rhyming tale; mummies, ghosts, witches, and skeletons watch from the stands. Five monster trucks enter the race. “Frankentruck is first to arrive. / With a jump of his cables, he’s alive! He’s alive!” Werewolf Truck croons a tune and howls at the moon, Zombie Truck’s headlights glow green and he drips diesel, and Ghost Truck has a wonderfully curvy shape that tapers at the back and a grille shaped like an open, moaning mouth. The last monster truck is Vampire Truck, his purple spoiler shaped like a cape and fangs overhanging his grille. But those aren’t the only contestants: “out of the pit…with a PUTT and a TOOT / comes a Little Blue Bus, / looking perky…and cute.” It’s a VW bus (though her “nose” is an M in a circle rather than a VW). Unsurprisingly, it’s the latecomer who comes out ahead, though Vampire Truck is hot on her trail and ready to drink her fuel. Wragg’s acrylic-and-digital illustrations are sufficiently dark and creepy, filled with greens, purples, and yellows, and the anthropomorphized trucks truly suit their names.

Monster-truck fans won’t want to miss this Halloween showdown. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-234522-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016


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