Trucks of all kinds get ready for Christmas with the help of an elflike little mouse.
Readers are invited to imagine and act out the activities of large-eyed, smiling diggers, cherry pickers, forklifts, tanker trucks, and others that are on their way to a large gathering. The appealing story is in rhyming verse, although the scansion is frequently awkward: “Where do cherry pickers celebrate / once they’ve stretched to reach great heights? / Do they hang up strings of colored bulbs / that make truck stops bright with lights?” Each type of truck is featured on its own brightly colored double-page spread in landscape design with lots of room for individual scenarios. A family of diggers excavates a tree, concrete mixers sip eggnog after a long day’s work, and tow trucks “trade places with the reindeer / to help Santa pull his sleigh.” Tractors, food trucks, Zambonis—they’re all here, ready for the “Truckcracker ballet” at a construction site with a decorated tree. By the end of the day, the sleepy-eyed trucks reveal themselves to be toys left under the tree by Santa (depicted as white) in a lucky child’s cozy home. Rural and urban settings, indoors and out, day and night, will encourage kids to stretch their imaginations.
For young truck enthusiasts. (Picture book. 2-5)