20 BIG TRUCKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET by Mark Lee
Kirkus Star

20 BIG TRUCKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

When an ice cream truck breaks down, a truck traffic jam ensues: the perfect attraction for the vehicle-obsessed in this captivating counting book.

From cement mixer to garbage truck, the trucks pile up—and so does the crowd—as a young bicyclist names and numbers the vehicles in rhyming text. “I start to count each truck I see. / First 1, then 2, and now there are 3.” The use of numerals in the text encourages number recognition and creates a matching game, while spelled numbers are used when appropriate. The yellow-helmeted boy weaves through the action until the solution is clear: the crane truck! His idea saves the day, and with traffic flowing once more, all ends on a deliciously sweet note. Digital illustrations done in a muted pastel palette present an amiable city block as Cyrus takes readers on a cinematic tour of the locale. His strength is in how he uses the boy’s point of view to expand readers’ understanding of the environment, allowing both character and readers to find an answer to the problem. Various perspectives capture the imagination, but the trucks are the real stars of the show.

Truck-lovers will beg for repeat reads, with little ones “reading along” from memory. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 11th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5809-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2013




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