"Horn went Beep!/Engine purred/Friendliest sounds/you ever heard" and with that starts the greatest book ever written (if you ask my toddler). Little Blue Truck and it's companion Little Blue Truck Leads the Way get multiple nightly readings in our house and they are such amazing books neither Dad nor I mind. The art is gorgeous, the rhymes impeccable, and the morals so appreciated that it is one of the rare picture books you won't tire of reading over and over and over again. In Little Blue Truck we learn the importance of being nice to people just because while also getting make super fun animal sounds. In Little Blue Truck Leads the Way we learn the importance of waiting our turn and being patient while making super fun vehicle sounds.— Heather
Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
With a text full of truck sounds and animals noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others. Includes a downloadable party kit for even more fun!
About the Author
Alice Schertle is a poet and author of many well-loved books for children, including the beloved, #1 New York Times best-selling Little Blue Truck series,Very Hairy Bear, Button Up!, and All You Need for a Snowman. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.
Jill McElmurry was the illustrator of many picture books, including her own Mad About Plaid, When Otis Courted Mama by Kathi Appelt and the best-selling Little Blue Truck series, written by Alice Schertle. She happily divided her time between the wide landscape of New Mexico and a green island in Minnesota. Jill passed away in August 2017.
"Schertle's (All You Need for a Beach) rhyming stanzas are succinct, and she gives readers plenty of opportunities to chime in with animal and vehicle noises; colored, standout fonts highlight these sounds for extra effect. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) gouaches recall the heyday of Golden Books in their combination of vividness, naïveté and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic." --Publishers Weekly, starred review (4/28/08)