FICTION

Trucker and Train

Clarion. Aug. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544801813.
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PreS-Gr 2–Trucker is a big rig who loves the sound of his engine, the size of his tires, and most of all, his mighty horn. He loves to blast it as he rushes by other vehicles. Trucker is surprised and frustrated when all of the vehicles stop and admire a passing train. Vehicles in this story are brought to life with faces that change expression throughout the narrative. This book utilizes white space to focus readers’ attention on the happenings of a narrow and busy street. The urban setting is captured with the addition of box shaped buildings, windows, and structures in a variety of muted and dull colors. Lines are often used to illustrate movement, light, and sound. The onomatopoeic words appear in colorful bold font. This aspect of the book makes vehicle sounds a key focal point while reading the book. Children will love imitating the various vehicle sounds present in this narrative.
VERDICT The relationship between the trucker and other vehicles illustrates the complex dynamic of jealousy, admiration, and friendship among peers. A wonderful and fun addition to any library collection

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