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Smash! Crash!

by Jon Scieszka & illustrated by David Shannon ; Loren Long & David Gordon

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-4133-0
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Best friends Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan love to spend their days smashing and crashing. First they demolish a construction site; then they have a little too much messy fun with their friend Cement Mixer Melvin. On the construction side, they help Monster Truck Max stack barrels and build an amazing pirate fort for Gabriella Garbage Truck and Grader Kat. But all day they have been dogged by a mysterious shadow—are they in trouble for all their mischievous destruction? No. It’s just Wrecking Crane Rosie offering a positive outlet for their destructive tendencies. Jack’s and Dan’s energy and zest are perfectly captured by the trio of illustrators who collaborated to create the characters for the entire series. With their anthropomorphized vehicles, lots of dust clouds and junkyard parts, and a font that incorporates truck parts into individual letters, they are sure to please. The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)