TRUCK by Donald  Crews
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A high-impact, visually exciting first book, with more power than Freight Train. Crews starts with twenties-style poster dynamics and takes off--in a bold red truck that has the word TRUCKING, in blocky white letters, extending the full height and length of the trailer. You catch a shot of the truck being loaded (with its graphically represented cargo of tricycles). You follow it. . . smack up against a lineup of directional signs, then on past other trucks, through a tunnel, and into a TRUCK STOP (as the letters on another truck there indicate)--where jazzy neon signs and arrows glare out from the night-black pages. The red truck proceeds, through diagonal rain which mutes the colors, along a crowded highway, and over a multiple overpass (no simple cloverleaf) that kids won't want to leave. The last picture, a near mirror image of the first, shows the rear door ajar ready for unloading. Throughout, Crews' slants, angles, skylines, signs, and blocks of color interact in an exhilarating demonstration of controlled energy. To call due attention here would take Crews' flashing arrows and letters as large as his TRUCKING.
Pub Date: April 21st, 1980
ISBN: 0688104819
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1980


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