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The neighborhood trucker
Borden, Louise.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [1990]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Fascinated by trucks and wanting to be a trucker, Elliot looks at all kinds of trucks and emulates Slim, his favorite trucker.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 36010.
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Grand Island Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Fascinated by trucks and wanting to be a trucker, Elliot looks at all kinds of trucks and emulates Slim, his favorite trucker.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Elliot Long is "into" trucks. He watches all kinds of rigs, from dump trucks, to fire trucks, to eighteen-wheelers, but he is especially attracted to cement trucks--more specifically, those of nearby Sardinia Concrete. His favorite is Number 44, driven by Slim. In a riveting cadence, the narrative contrasts the diversified interests of Elliot's playmates with his own focus on trucks: "While the neighborhood was selling lemonade and drawing dinosaurs and chasing squirrels in the park, Elliot Long was becoming a trucker. `Call me Slim,' he said." Elliot even holds his birthday party at Sardinia Concrete; but while his friends are "eating cake and touching mud flaps and mixing gravel and cement, Elliot Long is watching for Slim." Finally Number 44 rumbles onto the lot. In addition to his longed-for ride, Elliot is given the patches that had decorated his idol's jacket--one saying Sardinia Concrete, the other, Slim. Speidel's lushly textured paintings create striking scenes of trucks at work, the neighborhood at play, and a cement-truck-smitten boy and his pals, each bearing genuine, individualized characteristics. ~--Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Elliot lives near a concrete plant and every day goes to watch the cement mixers. The drivers recognize him, his father takes him to the quiet yard on the weekends, and Elliot knows that he will be a trucker when he grows up. Rich drawings executed in pastels show Elliot playing with trucks or watching trucks on the freeway while his friends engage in other activities. On his seventh birthday, he even holds his party in the truck lot, and his favorite trucker gives him a ride in his truck. Readers who love everything about trucks will notice that the cherry pickers mentioned in the text are missing from the double-page spread of trucks Elliot likes to watch, but they'll also wish they could hang out in Elliot's neighborhood. Easy enough for beginning readers and smooth enough to read aloud, this is a fine choice for young truck fans. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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