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Title:
Monster trucks!
Author:
Todd, Mark, 1970-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
Illustrations and easy-to-read text depict a wide variety of trucks, including bulldozers, eighteen-wheelers, garbage trucks, and fire trucks.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 73454.
ISBN:
9780618182084
Format :
Book

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Summary

Truck-loving toddlers will delight in this big, bright, bold book all about trucks. Adults will chuckle as they discover not just the descriptive verse about the truck but that each truck has a personality. There is the milk truck, Senor Moo, and the Snow Plow, Mr. Salty, and don't forget every little one's favorite, Big Red, the fire truck. Included at the end of the book is a key to the 14 types of trucks with all sorts of interesting features and facts about each truck. Sureto impress old and young readers alike!


Author Notes

Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Though not as clever as Kate McMullan's I Stink (2002), this book about big vehicles will satisfy the same audience. Here, there's a wider range of vehicles: dirt dumpers, bulldozers, moving trucks, plows, and, of course, a garbage truck. All are personified, some with glaring eyes, others with razor sharp teeth, and they all sport names such as Chuck and Mr. Salty. All do their jobs with a ferocity that comes clear in the text: Monster trucks! Monster trucks! / Slime-sucking sweeper trucks. / Snorting and scrubbing with a big bristly brush--cleaning the streets for the 9 o'clock rush. The bruisers are placed against pure, jelly-bean colored backgrounds that add a festive note to the serious business of hauling, moving, tugging, cleaning. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

For junior aficionados of extra-heavy equipment, Todd (The Pain Tree) offers a verbal and visual inventory of delights. Each spread features a short verse paean to one of 14 niftily nicknamed and personified vehiclesthere's Se?or Moo the milk tanker, Smoosh the steamroller and Mish-Mash the concrete mixer. Opening each verse with the refrain "Monster trucks! Monster trucks!" Todd goes on to extol each vehicle's special attributes and importance with a deeply satisfying sonority. "Slime-sucking sweeper trucks," he writes in a tribute to Suds the sanitation truck. "Snorting and scrubbing with a big bristly brushcleaning the streets for the 9 o'clock rush." Large-scale cartoon "portraits," set against bold solid-colored backgrounds, strike a beguiling balance of detail and whimsy. Todd painstakingly delineates rivets, gears, hydraulics, tire treads and accoutrements (for example, the tow truck has hooked a sad-looking auto; a fierce Dalmatian runs alongside flag-waving Big Red, the New York City fire truck). He also turns grilles into recognizable expressions of resolve and determination, with most of the trucks sporting gritted teeth and expressive headlight eyes. The final page recaps the cast and offers the kind of technical informationweight, capacity, special features and so forththat aspiring truckers love to savor. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Fourteen monster trucks are brought to life through giant cartoons that roar with personality and an enthusiastic text. Each bold spread introduces a different massive machine, such as a garbage truck named Stink ("Eating and crunching,/ munching and slurping./Just don't be around/when this guy starts burping"); Mr. Salty the snowplow; and Suds, a "Slime-sucking sweeper." Bright, solid-colored backgrounds allow the vehicles to take center stage. Large eyes glare from headlights and windshields, while grills and bumpers grin and grimace as the machines dig and lift, haul and move. Children can learn interesting facts about all of these trucks on the final page, where each vehicle's size, speed, and special features are listed. A good choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing, this book will spend more time on the road than on the shelf.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.