There was never any doubt that a a book called TRUCKER AND TRAIN would end up a Preschooler-Approved Picture Book. If there’s one thing my kid loves more than trains, it’s trucks. But, Hannah Stark’s wonderful debut (illustrated by Bob Kolar) goes well beyond its kid-friendly premise to create something magical.
TRUCKER AND TRAIN arrives at the station on August 6th from Clarion Books. Let’s start with a synopsis:
Trucker, the big rig, loves to rule the road with his size, strength, and mighty horn. The other vehicles swerve and shake as Trucker blasts past, expecting them to follow along in awe. Then Trucker meets the louder, stronger, and kinder Train. He sees how the other vehicles gleam and swoon when Train is around. And he wonders, Why don’t they ever gleam at me?
Trucker just wants Train to go away . . . until a broken railroad crossing signal changes everything. Can Trucker use his size and strength for the good of his fellow vehicles before it’s too late?
Why My Preschooler Loves This Book
This book is kid-friendly from start to finish. My preschooler particularly loved Stark’s deft use of onomatopoeia (trains in our home will forever go “tic-a-tic-a-clack, tic-a-tic-a-clack). The story is packed full of wonderful sounds and rhythm that suggesting a buzzing and lively highway. Entering TRUCKER AND TRAIN’s world is guaranteed fun.
There are also great educational hooks that my kid ate up. Counting by twos? Yes, please! Easy-to-read repeated words? Youbetcha! The engaging story sneaks in the educational bits so they go down as easily as veggies hidden in mac-and-cheese.
Why I Love This Book
Seeing my kid so excited about reading always melts my heart. But, there’s so much here to love. All the great sounds mean I make my kid laugh when I read it–and it’s fun for me every time. And, above all, the story’s message of friendship and kindness is a winner.