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by Nathan Clement

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59078-517-1
Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills

Striking graphics accompany a child’s narration of a truck-driving dad’s day at work, from his departure before dawn to his arrival home at the end of the day. The simple text advances spread by spread, describing both the work—loading freight and navigating traffic—and the person performing it—watching out for others and always saying hello. An ever-varying sequence of images both in and out of the cab add up to a total truck experience for the reader; the father’s face is never shown clearly, allowing every truck-loving toddler to imagine his own dad’s—or, perhaps, his own—facial features superimposed on it. The images and sans-serif typeface are reminiscent of Donald Crews in their boldness and simplicity, perspective and angle emphasizing the immensity of the truck and the heroism of its working-class driver. Indeed, in its strong, steady lines and depiction of a deeply pastoral Midwest, this offering could well be seen as the Great American Truck Book. (Picture book. 2-6)