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Trucks, trucks, trucks
Sís, Peter, 1949-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
As a little boy cleans up his room, he gives one word descriptions of the work his various toy trucks do, such as hauling, plowing, and loading. Features a gate-fold illustration that opens into a three-page spread.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.3 1 Quiz: 19696 Guided reading level: NR.
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Little Books

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Plowing Digging Hauling Scooping Is there anything that Matt and his battalion of big rigs can't do? Of course not Caldecott Honor-winning Peter Sis throws things into high gear in this irresistible follow-up book to his popular Fire Truck. Young viewers will be enchanted by nine brightly colored earth-shaking machines, including a dump truck, a plow, a bulldozer, and a foldout spread of a crane that takes counting to exciting new heights. It's time to feel the rumble of trucks, trucks, trucks

2000 Notable Children's Books (ALA)

Author Notes

Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In 1982 Sis was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Sis decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. Sis then met Maurice Sendak who introduced him to children's books, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a career in children's literature.

Sís earned quick acclaim with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, for which he did the illustrations. Sis is a five-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, as was Tibet Through the Red Box. Sis has also received a MacArthur Fellowship

Sis' editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. He has also completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. For toddlers who fell in love with Sis' Fire Truck (1998), the author-illustrator follows up with a similar tribute to trucks. When Matt is asked to put his trucks away, he makes the most of the situation. He enters an imaginary world where he actually operates the massive trucks. Each spread shows boy and truck at work; one descriptive brightly colored word (plowing, loading, lifting) runs up the side of the right page. As Matt gets deeper into his truck fantasy, the words get larger and so do the trucks. Sis offers thickly lined drawings against lots of white space and limits his palette to a taxicab yellow. The next to the last spread folds out once to show a crane in all its glory. The numbers from 1 to 9 are incorporated into the drawing, adding a hunt-and-seek element. When his work is completed, Matt and his mother go outside for a walk, where children get a Matt's-eye view of his neighborhood--filled with trucks. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this well-conceived book, a boys love for his prized toys feeds his imagination. Ss (Fire Truck) opens with a predominantly white spread of a boys room, the furnishings outlined in fine black line, populated with yellow miniature trucks and a yellow-haired boy. A line of text running vertically up the right-hand side reads, Matt, will you pick up your trucks? Matt picks them up all right, but not before having some fun. He drives them to their bin one at a time, each one carrying him further into a fantasy construction site. As he pulls on the string of a little truck hitched to a plow, the word plowing pulses in yellow type up the right-hand page, and in successive spreads, the truckand the textgrows bigger, until in a fold-out three-page spread, Mat is LIFTING a crane (holding a striped yellow sock) from inside a huge, fantastic vehicle, with orange sausage-like type bursting out of the page. The penultimate spread shows Matts last clean-up effort as he takes the crane truck (still holding the sock) to the bin. As a reward, Mom takes him outside to view the same vehiclesall full-sizeat work on a vacant lot. Ss introduces additional colors only in the blue siren atop each vehicle, and in the various colors used for the text at the right of each spread; through his brilliant use of yellow, he keeps the focus on the boy and his trucks. By cleverly evoking the way a child uses creativity to construct his own fantasy world, the author gets readers all revved up too. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Matt's room is full of trucks-toy trucks, a truck poster, a truck calendar. Yellow trucks of all kinds are on the bed, on the floor, and on the desk. When he is told to pick them up, he plays with them as he puts them away. On each successive double-page spread, the vehicles and words, one word per page, progressively grow until both the trucks and words dwarf the child. Finally, a gatefold illustration shows the tiny figure operating a huge crane. "Good job, Matt. Now let's go out." Once outdoors, the boy and his Mom walk down a street where they encounter-what else?-trucks. In a departure from his familiar lush and complex style, S¡s creates a simple, bold look reminiscent of the work of Anne Rockwell or Gail Gibbons. Gouache paints in yellow, black, and gray are set off by plenty of white space. The single verbs on each page are rendered in shades of blue, purple, green, and orange. This cheery romp is perfect for toddlers.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.