cover image Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck

Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck

Asia Citro, illus. by Troy Cummings. Innovation, $8.99 (30p) ISBN 978-1-943147-43-4

If a garbage truck told a story, what might it sound like? Citro’s titular character does just that, entirely with sound effects: “Rumble Rumble/ Shudder Shudder/ Rattle Rattle Vroom!” Cummings illustrates in thick, chalky lines, rendering the truck with googly headlight eyes and robotlike pincer arms. Along the way, the endearing truck meets other car, human, and animal characters and dutifully backs up to collect garbage from a pajama-clad man. A view of city blocks shows additional trucks making a commotion: “Whir! Bash! Zip! Flump! Slam! Whoosh! Zing!” Citro clearly knows his audience—in one scene, the garbage truck hunkers down, dumping trash from its rear (“Boop boop boop boop boop boop Whoosh!”) before rattling off for a snooze in its garage. Ages up to 5. [em](Oct.) [/em]