Puppy Truck

Atheneum/S. & S./. Jun. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534426870.
PreS–Carter wants a puppy, but when he receives a truck instead he doesn’t let it stop him for a moment. He grabs a leash and with a playful, “Vroom beep bark!” they’re off to the park to chase squirrels, race down hills, and play in the mud. Carter’s imaginative view of the world is even shared when he makes a friend who then discovers their own ability to transform their world. Pinkney returns to an artistic style similar to On The Ball with simple, colorful, and energetic illustrations. The two young characters in this story (Carter and a girl he meets at the park) both have brown skin and curly black hair. Thick swirling lines and color move the children and Puppy Truck across the pages on their adventure. The text is placed in large, bold font and is both simple and repetitive, perfect for beginning readers. Full of onomatopoeic lines, this would be an excellent storytime read for an audience that loves trucks or puppies, or hopefully both.
VERDICT A first purchase that is sure to please

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