cover image The Cars and Trucks Book

The Cars and Trucks Book

Todd Parr. Little, Brown, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-50662-5

Working with his trademark bright colors, heavy lines, and smiley-faced people and animals, Parr celebrates automobiles. Short, occasionally rhyming phrases categorize different vehicles, which Parr renders with sharp teeth, wide grins, and friendly drivers. Parr’s silly lines are softly tongue-twisting: “Some trucks haul dirt./ Some trucks play in the dirt./ Some trucks carry trucks./ Some trucks carry ducks” (a duck driver leads passengers on a “Duck Truck” tour). A “ski patrol” car drives in the snow, while a blue race car with a yellow dog driver heads to the beach. Everybody knows that cars and trucks get lots done, but an endnote from Parr reminds readers “it’s also good to take the bus or ride a bike.” Ages 3–6. [em](Dec.) [/em]