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TRUCK JAM by Paul Strickland


by Paul Strickland

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-929927-03-7

Small truck fans will be riveted by these huge popup trucks: a pick-up bounces along over a bumpy road; a bright purple semi- grinds to a halt with clouds of steam shooting out from under the hood; a tow truck’s crane prepares to hook it up; a fire truck’s ladder rears up; a yellow dump truck drops its load. Stickland (Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, 1997, etc) sticks largely to front-end, low-angle views, so that the trucks seem to loom up from the page, leaving the rhymed phrases that serve as captions nearly hidden. “Green Means Go / Start Off Slow.” Drivers are young and old, male and female, with one or two darker-skin faces to add to the diversity. There are no fancy or multiple effects here (unless you count the moving truck parts) just straight-ahead, crowd-pleasing traffic. (Picture book/popup. 4-6)