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Puppy Truck



written and illustrated by
Brian Pinkney

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781534426870

Awards and Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
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Vroom...beep...bark! Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. So he pets it, puts a leash around it, and takes it to the park. But the truck won't sit still! What will Carter do with his rascally Puppy Truck?

Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic and India ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

1.1: points 0.5

Lexile

190L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Trucks. Pets. Toys. Imagination and play. Parks.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Carter wants a puppy, but when he receives a truck instead he doesn’t let it stop him for a moment. He grabs a leash and with a playful, “Vroom beep bark!” they’re off to the park to chase squirrels, race down hills, and play in the mud. Carter’s imaginative view of the world is even shared when he makes a friend who then discovers their own ability to transform their world. Pinkney returns to an artistic style similar to On The Ball with simple, colorful, and energetic illustrations. The two young characters in this story (Carter and a girl he meets at the park) both have brown skin and curly black hair. Thick swirling lines and color move the children and Puppy Truck across the pages on their adventure. The text is placed in large, bold font and is both simple and repetitive, perfect for beginning readers. Full of onomatopoeic lines, this would be an excellent storytime read for an audience that loves trucks or puppies, or hopefully both. A first purchase that is sure to please.

Horn Book

What’s a kid to do when he wants a puppy but receives a toy truck instead? Carter cheerfully and enterprisingly makes the best of it by pretending (or is he?) that the truck is a puppy. He begins by taking his toy on a walk to the park. Once there, though, the truck gets off leash and chases a squirrel (“vroom beep bark!”). Carter has a moment of anxiety when he loses sight of his pet, but a girl on a park bench points out the mischievous machine hiding behind a bush. It turns out she has her own toy vehicle (“vroom beep meow!”), and the next day, the four return to the park to play. Vibrant, saturated tones and swirling shapes, only semi-contained by thick black outlines, reflect the protagonist in motion and highlight the warmth and comfort of his (grown-up free) imaginary play. Creamy off-white pages set the mood, and little-to-no background detail keeps the focus on activity and emotion. The sound effects interspersed throughout the straightforward main text provide lots of opportunities to make both animal sounds and truck noises—a win-win for a large subset of preschoolers.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Carter wants a puppy, but when he receives a truck instead he doesn’t let it stop him for a moment. He grabs a leash and with a playful, “Vroom beep bark!” they’re off to the park to chase squirrels, race down hills, and play in the mud. Carter’s imaginative view of the world is even shared when he makes a friend who then discovers their own ability to transform their world. Pinkney returns to an artistic style similar to On The Ball with simple, colorful, and energetic illustrations. The two young characters in this story (Carter and a girl he meets at the park) both have brown skin and curly black hair. Thick swirling lines and color move the children and Puppy Truck across the pages on their adventure. The text is placed in large, bold font and is both simple and repetitive, perfect for beginning readers. Full of onomatopoeic lines, this would be an excellent storytime read for an audience that loves trucks or puppies, or hopefully both. A first purchase that is sure to please.

Horn Book

What’s a kid to do when he wants a puppy but receives a toy truck instead? Carter cheerfully and enterprisingly makes the best of it by pretending (or is he?) that the truck is a puppy. He begins by taking his toy on a walk to the park. Once there, though, the truck gets off leash and chases a squirrel (“vroom beep bark!”). Carter has a moment of anxiety when he loses sight of his pet, but a girl on a park bench points out the mischievous machine hiding behind a bush. It turns out she has her own toy vehicle (“vroom beep meow!”), and the next day, the four return to the park to play. Vibrant, saturated tones and swirling shapes, only semi-contained by thick black outlines, reflect the protagonist in motion and highlight the warmth and comfort of his (grown-up free) imaginary play. Creamy off-white pages set the mood, and little-to-no background detail keeps the focus on activity and emotion. The sound effects interspersed throughout the straightforward main text provide lots of opportunities to make both animal sounds and truck noises—a win-win for a large subset of preschoolers.

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