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Vroom! A List of Things That Go
--selected by Kate McDowell
Who hasn't been fascinated by the miracle of motorized motion? This list
covers everything from trains to planes with a special emphasis on trucks
of all kinds. Although many children of all ages are vehicle aficionados,
this list is written with a slant toward the preschool audience, for whom
the sheer size of these technological titans is stunning. Gas these up
for a story hour and get ready for a great ride!
--Kate McDowell, reviewer
- Alborough, Jez. Duck in the Truck. HarperCollins, 1999.
In this inviting picture book, a duck in a truck gets stuck in the muck, and
readers will giggle along as a menagerie of friendly critters pitch in to
help push the stuck duck's truck in this silly adventure.
- Baer, Edith. This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book about
Around the World. Scholastic, 1990. 4-6 yrs
"In rhyming couplets and morning watercolors, kids (some in a hurry, some
lost in thought, some waving at the reader) go off to school-by foot, car,
bus, El train, bicycle, boat, [and] radio." (BCCB 10/90)
- Crews, Donald. Truck. Greenwillow, 1980. 2-5 yrs
This classic Caldecott honor books gives an up close look at bold road signs,
tight tunnels, and a bright red truck drawn with slanting perspectives that
help emphasize the truck's majestic proportions. (BCCB 4/80)
- Gammell, Stephen. Ride. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2001.
Although the setting here is the family car, the real action happens in the
vivid imaginations of two siblings whose backseat rivalry turns their everyday
conflict into a fantasy battle in which they send each other into space and
turn one another into dinosaurs. (BCCB 3/01)
- Imershein, Betsy. Construction Trucks and Trucks.
2000. 2-4 yrs
"These slightly oversized board books feature color photographs of pristine
tankers, fire engines, garbage trucks, concrete mixers, etc. set against glossy
backgrounds in a variety of crayon colors." The youngest truck-o-philes will
be delighted to have two books built especially for drivers their size. (BCCB
- Kelly, Mij. William's Night Train. Farrar, 2001. 2-5
While all the train's asleep, William is wide awake and exploring until a
puffy cloud of sheep-shaped steam carries him off into dreamland. The gentle
rhythms of this soothing story are perfect for putting the brakes on a long
day as children ride the rails towards bedtime. (BCCB 06/01)
- Robbins, Ken. Trucks: Giants of the Highway. Atheneum,
"Robbins capably rolls out a perfect pre- and primary-school-sized load of
information: definitions of the parts of the rig, types of trailers and the
freight they haul, and a bit about life as a long-haul driver." (BCCB 12/99)
- Sierra, Judy. Preschool to the Rescue.
One after the other a pizza van, a police car, a tow truck, and a backhoe
get stuck in the mud. Fortunately an enthusiastic class of preschoolers is
nearby; they use their shovels, bricks, and Popsicle sticks to rescue the
trucks from the muck. (BCCB 4/01)
- Steen, Sandra. Car Wash. Putnam, 2001. 3-7 yrs
Through the power of imagination, a trip to the carwash is transformed into
an undersea adventure, complete with soapy seaweed, a tidal wave, and octopus
arm scrubbers. (BCCB 1/01)
- Sturges, Philemon. I Love Trucks. HarperCollins, 1999.
"Spare, rhymed text and boxy, bright pictures of vehicles on the move will
rivet the attention of tykes who'd gladly trade their trikes for a rig. Take
this one on a car trip and spot the big rollers roaring past." (BCCB 3/99)
- Suen, Anastasia. Air Show. Holt, 2001. 5-7 yrs
Although a trip to an air show provides the fictional frame for this book,
the main attraction here is the art. Those who prefer wings to wheels will
enjoy the drawings of vintage aircraft, including insets that show detailed
front, side, and top views of specialized aircraft. (BCCB 5/01)
- Voake, Charlotte. Here Comes the Train. Candlewick,
"From the rhythmic chug-chug of her language to her watercolor depiction of
the bridge above the train tracks, with its crowd of train-and-noise-and-excitement
lovers, Voake thrillingly captures the wild delight in watching the trains
go by." (BCCB 12/98)
- Zimmerman, Andrea. Trashy Town. HarperCollins, 1999.
Mr. Gilly is a trash collector who cleans up the whole town with his trash
truck, chanting an inviting refrain for young story hour participants: "Dump
it in, smash it down, drive around the trashy town!" (BCCB 5/99)
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