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Title:
Race from A to Z
Author:
Scieszka, Jon, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
Dump trucks, fire trucks, and even garbage trucks join in a race through the streets of Trucktown.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 500 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9781416941361
Format :
Book

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Summary

Like the New York Times bestselling Smash! Crash! and Truckery Rhymes , this truck-tastic alphabet adventure is full of creativity, fun, and truck-loving action!

Honk if you love trucks--and get ready to play with your As, Bs, and construction Cs! This rollicking, boisterous, bold, concept picture book features your favorite Trucktown friends as they race around town, pointing out quirky items and actions that incorporate all the letters of the alphabet. Rev your engines and get ready for rowdy fun from A to Z!


Author Notes

Jon Scieszka was born September 8, 1954 in Flint , Michigan. After he graduated from Culver Military Academy where he was a Lieutenant, he studied to be a doctor at Albion College. He changed career directions and attended Columbia University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Before he became a full time writer, Scieszka was a lifeguard, painted factories, houses, and apartments and also wrote for magazines. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years as a 1st grade assistant, a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, and a computer, math, science and history teacher in 3rd - 8th grade.

He decided to take off a year from teaching in order to work with Lane Smith, an illustrator, to develop ideas for children's books. His book, The Stinky Cheese Man received the 1994 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Scieszka's Math Curse, illustrated by Lane Smith, was an American Library Association Notable Book in 1996; a Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in 1995; and a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book in 1995. The Stinky Cheese Man received Georgia's 1997 Children's Choice Award and Wisconsin's The Golden Archer Award. Math Curse received Maine's Student Book Award, The Texas Bluebonnet Award and New Hampshire's The Great Stone Face Book Award in 1997. He was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2014 his title, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor made The New York Times Best Seller List. Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Once again Scieszka and crew really bring the noise: Q often means Quiet' / in a different place. / In Trucktown Q means Quite' / QUITE LOUD! / when we race. The third alphabet book in this proliferating series (following Trucktown on Reading Street ABCs, 2007, and Junkyard Dig! Building from A to Z, 2010) sends the heavy-duty wheeled cast roaring through the letters, from A is for Axle to the final celebration for race winner IZZZZZZZZy, the ice cream truck. The digitally designed figures and settings, originally developed by David Gordon, Loren Long, David Shannon, and other established picture-book stars, feature a cast of a large array of anthropomorphic, rumpled looking trucks and working vehicles into a wild hugger-mugger punctuated with mishaps, dirty tricks, and outsize sound effects. The featured letters are highlighted by size and color and usually recur several times in the alliterative rhymes. A fine alternative to such equally high-volume ABCs as Ross MacDonald's Achoo! Bang! Crash! (2003) and Nate Evans' Bang! Boom! Roar! (2012).--Peters, John Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.