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THIS TRUCK by Paul Collicutt


by Paul Collicutt & illustrated by Paul Collicutt

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: May 4th, 2004
ISBN: 0-374-37496-1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A visual tour of working machines, the text doesn’t name the trucks, but rather delivers hints such as the vehicles job or size. “This truck is small” appears below a painting of a little boy and his toy. “This truck travels all alone” accompanies a scene of an 18-wheeler passing over a winding road through a desolate, but lovely desert landscape. The captivating paintings are laudable in their intricacy and almost haunting in their shades of blue and burnt orange. The illustrations portray both modern and antique trucks as well as the gigantic, utilitarian, and bizarre; don’t miss the large, flat vehicle that transports rockets. In contrast to the details of the trucks, the backdrops and cityscapes are somewhat spare, unpeopled, and ever-so-slightly discomfiting in their loneliness. Still, an avid fan of trucks and Collicutt’s other works (This Train, This Plane) will have much here to happily pore over. (Picture book. 3-5)