Staake and Stein keep on truckin’ when madcap tomfoolery and heavy machinery go hand in hand.
Having rendered bereft of all dignity the worlds of automobiles (Cars Galore, 2011) and playthings (Toys Galore, 2013), the author and illustrator have clearly decided trucks at last must have their due. In bouncy, rhyming text, these kings of the road are described in a wide variety of ways. They are thin and wide, hot and cold, weak and strong, chock full of cows or pigs. What starts as a straightforward list becomes rapidly more imaginative, particularly when “outer-space” trucks descend unannounced and pirates fill their trucks with flounder. As in their previous collaborations, Staake meets Stein’s seemingly impossible descriptions (how do you draw a “bushy-beard truck”?) with aplomb, putting his highly original stamp on the proceedings. The brightly colored computer art endows each scene with a sometimes-frenzied energy. Though not quite as delightfully bonkers as their previous books, this is sure to lure in both hardcore preschool truck enthusiasts and their truck-curious compatriots as they pore over the details on every page.
Put the pedal to the metal and track down these trucks for your favorite back-seat drivers. (Picture book. 3-6)