Old MacDonald Had a Truck

illus. by Eda Kaban. 44p. Chronicle. Mar. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452132600. POP
PreS-Gr 1—A new twist on a classic story and song, this book is just pure fun. All readers know about Old MacDonald and the things on his farm. But they will love the new toys he has in this tale. All the usual animal friends are present in the illustrations, but he's also got excavators, bulldozers, and dump trucks. The lyrics of the song may have a nonsense-type flow, but that will make singing/telling the story that much more fun. The illustrations are rich and tell as much of the story as the text does. Gender roles are slightly flipped, as Old MacDonald's partner in the book is a woman who clearly knows her way around the farm and a steamroller, too. This is a book that could be used to teach a multitude of lessons.
VERDICT Highly recommended as a first purchase, this entertaining read will bring a new dimension to storytime.

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