Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown: Smash! Crash!
Jon Scieszka, , illus. by David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon. . Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (42pp) ISBN 978-1-4169-4133-0
Little gearheads will rally to this demolition derby, carried out by a gregarious all-motorized cast. Jack Truck, a red flatbed with chrome exhaust stacks, and best friend Dump Truck Dan, a blue guy with a yellow cab and mud flaps, adore the smash and crash of work in progress. To stir up noisy trouble, “Jack and Dan charge Cement Mixer Melvin,” who mixes sand and water for his job. “No. I can’t get messy,” Melvin tells them, but with a “smash-crash!” mischievous Jack and Dan leave him covered in gray glop. The friends help Monster Truck Max stack orange-and-white oil drums, and they assist baby-pink Gabriella Garbage Truck (who has a teddy bear tied to her front bumper) in building a pirate fort from an old boat. Scieszka (
Reviewed on: 11/26/2007