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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa

Fall 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Jonathan London
Illustrator: Denis Roche
ISBN: 0-8050-7233-0
Hardcover Price: $14.95
Review:
Some children can never get enough of trucks, especially the kind used in construction. The mere sight of loaders and excavators on the roadside has them bouncing with delight in their car seats; their favorite books are filled with semis and diggers. For these children, Jonathan London has written A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa, a simple rhyming picture book about the many uses and forms of this always popular vehicle. Children see that a truck could be red or blue, have many wheels or few, and can haul everything from cars and hogs to apples and logs. Denis Roche's gouache illustrations are kid-friendly and bright, showcasing trucks in the context of their jobs around town. The crisp rhyme of the text makes it a good choice for reading out loud, while the pictures will encourage even pre-readers to pick up the book themselves—no doubt repeatedly.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.


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