Monster Trucks!

Mark Todd‘s Monster Trucks is not great literature, but it isn’t intended to be. It is targeted to a very specific demographic — vehicle-obsessed toddlers — and it fulfills the needs of that demographic exceptionally well. It is even, dare I say it, educational, in that it includes “fast facts” about the vehicles at the end. Booklist: “All [the trucks] are personified, some with glaring eyes, others with razor sharp teeth, and they sport names such as Chuck and Mr. Salty. All do their jobs with a ferocity that comes clear in the text: ‘Monster trucks! Monster trucks! / Slime-sucking sweeper trucks. / Snorting and scrubbing with a big bristly brush. / Cleaning the streets for the 9 o’clock rush.’ These bruisers are placed against pure, jelly-bean colored backgrounds that add a festive note to the serious business of hauling, moving, tugging, cleaning.” Giggle factor: absolutely, if your toddler has the car-and-truck gene. Adult enjoyment: vicarious? Illustrations: three jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on August 4, 2010.

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