cover image The Mixed-Up Truck

The Mixed-Up Truck

Stephen Savage. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62672-153-1

It’s a cement mixer’s first day on the job, and with his bright eyes and peppermint-stripe drum, he’s ready to make a good impression on the no-nonsense trucks on site. But things go downhill quickly. Told to get “some powdery white cement,” he goes first to a flour factory, then to a sugar factory, and ends up building a huge, multi-tiered frosted cake that nobody wants. Third time’s the charm, though—he gets the right white powder at the cement factory and “presto! A building!” Savage (Supertruck) creates a sunny cast of vehicular characters, and his brief text is equally upbeat, punctuated by fun repetition (“presto!” is also used ironically to herald the cement mixer’s mishaps), and a play on words involving mix-up and mixed up. It’s a sweet lesson in managing employees and seeing a job through to the end. The cement mixer’s colleagues are miffed but stay calm, even when they’re being swallowed up by pink frosting; they know the new guy will get it right eventually, and he does. Ages 2–6. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July)