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The trucker
Weatherby, Brenda.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
Wesley dreams his toy semi-flatbed rig grows big enough for him to have a trucking adventure but wakes to find he is in the back of his father's truck.
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 77404.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 36073 Guided reading level: N.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's a dream come true when a little boy's toy truck becomes real. With its whimsical story and bold illustrations, this book is sure to fill every young truck lover with wonder and awe! "This richly illustrated offering will please young truck fans." - Booklist

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. While playing with his toy trucks, a young boy falls asleep and dreams that he is driving a big rig. The events in the dream feature his other toy vehicles (a tow truck, seen on the bedroom floor in the first picture, gets stuck in a ditch, for example). Later the boy discovers that he's been moved from his bedroom and is actually asleep in the cab of his dad's truck. The brief, simple text is filled with the lively sounds of the big machine on the road. It's the illustrations, though, that will really draw children. Using acrylic, sand, and, appropriately, road dirt, the pictures convey something of the story's blurry, dreamlike quality, while supplying plenty of realistic details of the trucker's life. Many striking spreads show the truck moving through a mountainous, autumnal landscape while others use unusual angles to project multiple images through the truck's mirrors and windshield. Created by a husband-and-wife team, this richly illustrated offering will please young truck fans. --Todd Morning Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

When young Wesley's red toy truck magically grows into a full-size semi with a load of lumber to deliver, he's in for the ride of his life. But before Wesley can reach the lumberyard, he has to navigate in a "window wash" (a big rainstorm). Then he runs into "bubble trouble" (a blown tire), but with assistance from a service truck that Wesley was nice enough to help out earlier, the boy arrives safe and sound. It's too good to be true-Wesley was just having a dream. But real life isn't so bad; Daddy is a trucker, and takes Wesley along on his next trip. Mark Weatherby's (My Dinosaur) impressively detailed acrylics have an at times uncanny verisimilitude. Unfortunately, the emotional wallop of the pictures isn't shared by the text. Brenda Weatherby-the illustrator's wife, making her debut-writes with unnecessary literalness ("Muddy water splashed against the windows. It was hard to see, and now the roads looked unfamiliar"), and the flat, descriptive prose puts brakes on the story's immediacy and excitement. But even if little truckers tune out the words, the pictures will leave them wishing they were in Wesley's shoes. A glossary at the end defines more trucker lingo. Ages 3-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Wesley begins his day in his room playing with his red semi-flatbed rig. Suddenly, the toy becomes a full-sized semi that the boy drives on an all-day adventure, through sun, rain, and "bubble trouble" (a flat tire). As he nears his destination, he awakens to find himself in his father's real truck, and Daddy describes the same ride that Wesley dreamed. While most of the story flows smoothly, the transition from dream to reality is a bit bumpy. The text is sprinkled with trucker jargon, which adds a touch of authenticity but the language sometimes seems forced. The phrases are translated at the story's end. The artwork was created with an unusual combination of acrylic, sand, and road dirt. Loose, textured brush strokes and the gritty materials give a dreamy quality to some paintings. In others, the technique captures the glare of the bright sun, dusty haze, or a sudden downpour. These images contrast neatly with the smooth photographic realism of Wesley's face, uniting to create pleasing spreads that capture the child's enthusiasm. Truck lovers will enjoy the ride.-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.