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I’M A TRUCK DRIVER by Jonathan London


by Jonathan London & illustrated by David Parkins

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: June 22nd, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7989-0
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt

A dream-come-true for lovers of construction trucks and big machinery. On alternating spreads, a young boy and his dog and a young girl with her cat imagine themselves to be truck drivers. The girl’s verses focus on the jobs of the trucks: “I’m a steamroller driver. / I flatten the tar. / I crush rocks and smooth / new roads for a car.” The boy’s text deals more with the sounds of the vehicles: “I’m a garbage truck driver. / Screech, thump, grind, bump! / My truck gobbles garbage. / Screech, bump, grind, thump!” Parkins’s bright acrylics make this a necessary purchase. Truck fans will love the anthropomorphized trucks, each with its own clever face and personality. The amusing antics of the dog and cat, as well as their rather bad luck, provide comic relief. Well-suited to read-alouds that encourage participation, this is sure to come as a breath of fresh air to adults accustomed to the usual construction-truck fare. (Picture book. 3-7)