Supertruck | SLJ DVD Review

redstarSupertruck. 5 min. Dist. by Weston Woods. 2016. $59.95. ISBN 9781338090338. POP

dvd-supertruckPreS-Gr 1 –Stephen Savage’s Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor title receives prime treatment in this presentation. All the trucks in the city do their jobs and, in their own ways, save the day. Some are flashier than others, though. The garbage truck, for example, performs a necessary job with little fanfare. However, when a snowstorm hits and snow piles high, other trucks are stuck until the garbage truck throws off his glasses, puts on his capelike snowplow, and, as his secret superhero alter ego, digs the city out. Lively, triumphant music and expressive narration by George Newbern combine with beautifully done yet simple animation of the original digital illustrations’ clean and crisp lines. The DVD includes a 10-minute interview with the author/illustrator, aimed at an older audience, that is amusing and enlightening. VERDICT This is a video that calls to the hearts of the intended audience with its simplicity, superhero theme, and underlying message of unsung service. Combine this with Virginia Lee Burton’s Katy and the Big Snow for a fun story hour when the snow begins to fall.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2016 issue.

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