Monkey Truck

PreS-Gr 2—This imaginative story follows the adventures of a monkey-shaped truck as it travels through the jungle helping animals. The four-wheeled vehicle has flexible arms and a cab in the shape of a monkey head. Facial expressions change depending upon the situation. The truck rescues a chameleon about to be stomped upon by an elephant, comes to the assistance of hippos stuck in mud, and transforms itself into a bridge for a turtle crossing. The wildly creative, fast-paced tale has the energy of a children's cartoon. Comical illustrations add to the entertainment value. Digitally painted and collaged in Photoshop, the artwork is rich in color, use of space, and shape. Action-packed images mirror the story line. Teachers or parents could use this picture book to introduce the concept of helpfulness. The book would also add variety to a jungle-themed storytime. The unique plot, attractive dust jacket, and lively artwork make this unusual picture book a fun read.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
"Water is rising! / The hippos are stuck! / Spin those wheels! / Go, Monkey Truck!" The jungle animals can always count on Monkey Truck, whose "overdrive engine burns banana gas," to rescue them. Frolicsome art hints at the greater delight kids could experience if this primate-vehicle-hybrid protagonist were given a plot.

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