Jon Scieszka's Trucktown: Race from A to Z.

Jon Scieszka's Trucktown: Race from A to Z. illus. by David Gordon & others. 48p. ebook available. S. & S. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781416941361.
PreS-Gr 1—Trucktown fans will welcome this latest addition to the series. After Jack Truck challenges his friends to a race, they join in, sometimes alphabetically (Dan Dump Truck, Gabby Garbage Truck, and Izzy Ice Cream Truck among them). With their headlight eyes bulging, they speed off in clouds of dust. Lucy Ladder Truck stops to do a trick, Monster Max becomes airborne, and the others take a detour because of potholes. An overhead view of the race features a cacophony of truck sounds. When a stop sign leads to a massive crash, Ted Tow Truck comes to the rescue and the race resumes. With the finish line in sight, the vehicles slow down for a yield sign, allowing little Izzy to win the race. Vehicles with lots of personality, bright artwork, and an action-packed story will make this title a favorite for truck-loving youngsters.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
[=Illustrated by3]In this desultory addition to the series, all the familiar residents of Trucktown--from Jack Truck to Izzy Ice Cream Truck--compete in a race to see who will get from A to Z first. Boisterous and colorful illustrations will grab the attention of any truck fan, but the text's rhymes are uninspired and sometimes read aloud awkwardly.

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