A book that will encourage even the youngest of fans to keep on truckin’.

READ REVIEW

THE CARS AND TRUCKS BOOK

Comfort and care take a momentary hiatus as premier bibliotherapist Parr tackles a whole new world of vehicular options.

Parr opts for standard preschool fare with his pretty paean to cool trucks and cars (but mostly trucks) everywhere. His signature style, combining bright, peppy colors and thick black lines, is an apt fit for the goofy array of at least semisentient trucks on display. Readers are repeatedly informed what it is that cars and trucks “LOVE” (“to be on the road,” “to be clean,” “to help people,” and “to say good night”). Seemingly unwilling to abandon his sense of responsibility for the well-being of the world entirely, Parr includes a note at the end that encourages readers to use buses or bikes too as well as an oddly adult list of nine tips for safe driving. In addition to Parr’s customarily offbeat color scheme, there’s a bit of an edge to this outing, making it an oddly refreshing read. Whether it’s the distinctly pointy teeth on the monster and ski-patrol trucks, the pizza truck that advertises itself as “Home of the Stinky Pot Pie” (its proprietor is a skunk), or the free-flying tighty whities and other undies on the top of a laundry truck, there’s much here to amuse both younger and older vehicle fans.

A book that will encourage even the youngest of fans to keep on truckin’. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-50662-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2018

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The big machines may initially draw readers, but kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale...

SKYSCRAPER

Follow along as machines construct a skyscraper, from the ground all the way up, up, up!

In her punchy trademark one-verb-per-page style, Hurley starts off with a demolition followed by the numerous steps of building an enormous new skyscraper. Watch the excavator “dig” the foundation, the flatbed truck “haul” the beams for a crane to “raise,” and more, all the way through to the finishing touches of windows and paving. Near the last page, a change from landscape to portrait orientation finally treats readers to a complete view of the towering finished product. Occasionally, scale is difficult to ascertain in the illustrations, making it hard to perceive the building’s upward progression, though changing seasons nicely underscore that completing a project this large is a lengthy process. On each page, a new construction vehicle lumbers in, ranging from the familiar (bulldozer) to the lesser known (pile driver). The closing glossary identifying the equipment and its function will help readers connect the verbs to the machines’ tasks. The flat, digitally rendered construction vehicles, depicted in comparatively bright primary colors, stand out distinctively against the matte, mostly gray background, though the imposing vehicles feel more static than dynamic.

The big machines may initially draw readers, but kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale construction. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4814-7001-8

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2018

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Won’t last forever, but hours of entertainment while it does.

MY PEEKABOO THINGS THAT GO

Flaps within flaps offer fun and occasional frustration in this highly interactive, travel-themed tome for tots.

Several two-page set pieces depict a variety of conveyances and heavy equipment in action, in tableaux depicting a city, harbor, airport, building site, railway station, and freeway. Scenes are dense with detail, especially as readers begin opening the many flaps built into the illustrations, affording peeks inside vehicles, buildings, boxes, and baskets as well as behind clouds and below the sea, for example. Vignettes are introduced in rhyme: “This town is busy—everyone is on the go. How many vehicles do you know?” In addition to the obvious—a bike, bus, taxi, police car, and van—a cloud-shaped flap reveals an airplane, and one on the van folds back to show the scooter inside. A flap on a building reveals a woman on an exercise bike; a door beyond her conceals a person watching a televised stock-car race in the next room. With more than 70 flaps and a multitude of details, random facts, and vocabulary, this is a potentially longer read than most board books. The art is simple, cartoonish, and unambiguously representational; humans depicted represent a range of races, ages, genders, and abilities. The book is sturdy and the pages thick, but the flaps can be tough to operate, especially on first opening, and some will likely rip over time. Companion title My Peekaboo Farm publishes simultaneously.

Won’t last forever, but hours of entertainment while it does. (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68010-593-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Oct. 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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