The Village Garage

G. Brian KarasThe Village Garage follows the changing seasons with – what else? – big trucks. In the spring, the crew needs asphalt spreaders, rollers and other roadwork equipment; in summer, a front-end loader to give rides at a Fourth of July festival; in autumn, an “elephant truck” to suck up all the leaves; and in winter, snowplows. This book does not center solely on trucks, however; what sets it apart is the focus on the people who work the equipment. They have names. (And if you’ve read more than one truck book to your child, you know how unusual this is.) Booklist: “Children will enjoy watching this amiable crew balancing work and play as the year cycles through the seasons. Adding bits of fun along the way, the simple text explains their tasks without too much detail. Nicely varied in composition, the appealing pencil, gouache, and acrylic illustrations offer wonderfully childlike depictions of the workers and their machines.” Giggle factor: well, the name “elephant truck” made James laugh. Adult enjoyment: not bad for a truck book. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on August 23, 2010.

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