Author: Sue Fliess
Illustrator: Betsy Snyder
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Number of pages: 18
Recommended age: 18 months+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary (Amazon): Big trucks, small trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and all kinds of other trucks can be found in this playful touch-and-move book. A backhoe scoops and digs, a cement truck spins, a tar truck oozes sticky tar, and tabs pull up and out to reveal surprises. The trucks eventually slow down for a rest, where little hands can lift the flaps to see animals snuggling up for sleepy-time—under a rising moon. Filled with vibrant art and adorable characters, this book gives a child everything he’s looking for when he presses his face against the fence at a construction site!
1. What is the book about? This book is all about trucks.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I love the cover and the pictures inside the book because you get to bounce them, lift the flaps, turn them, slide them, and pull them. It’s a lot of fun.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? I love everything about this book because I can play with it, but my favorite page is the “tar page” because it’s really sticky. I can turn the page by sticking my finger in the tar.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? There is nothing I didn’t like about it. But there’s one part I was scared of – the half cats in the army crew truck. I was scared something was wrong with them. [MOM: We live withe 2 cats; he was very concerned about the cats in the picture.]
5. What did you learn from this book? There were some kinds of trucks I had never seen before like the snow plough [MOM: Living in Vancouver we don’t have those!], the milk truck, and a tar truck.
6. Who do you think would like this book? I want to read this book every single day. I think everybody in the whole world would love this book. I want to give this book 5 and 3/4 stars, but my Mom won’t let me.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: We don’t often review books for toddlers, but when my son opened up the package that came in the mail for him and discovered this book, he was beyond excited! He plays with this delightful, fun-filled book every single day. And, to remind you… he’s 6!! Well, if truth be told, we all play with it – it’s that much fun!
The physical book itself is very sturdy featuring an extra-thick hardcover back and front, tough enough to withstand the handling of the most overzealous
6 year-old toddler. The individual pages are quite robust as well and appear to even be drool-resistant (we didn’t test that). There is a wide variety of ways a child can interact with the book including lifting flaps, spinning and moving parts, pulling tabs to reveal hidden images, and of course, our favorite … the sticky tar page. I can see (and have seen) children playing with this book for long stretches of time.
The book also includes some rhyming text describing various types of trucks and their functions within our society. There are over 20 trucks depicted in the book. Who knew there even existed that many? Well, we do now! Between the bright, kid-friendly illustrations and the sweet little verses, there is definitely an educational component to the book. My only complaint is that some of trucks are not named, but rather they are described. For example, instead of naming the cement truck as such, it is rhymed as a “Mix and go truck”. There is a bit of an inconsistency, but I can also see it is a way for parents to have a more active role by helping to name the trucks for their kids.
My bottom line: The book is a multi-sensory delight. Toddlers will love sitting down and interacting with this wonderful book. If you have young children (boy or girl), I can guarantee that they will LOVE this book. I highly recommend it! This is exactly the kind of book I would have purchased for my own children when they were small. I want to give it 5 and 3/4 stars too!
Mom Rating: ★★★★★
* Tons of Trucks was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
About the Author:
Sue Fliess (“fleece”) is a freelance writer, Sr. copywriter for eBay, and children’s book author living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, and a rescued English Lab named Teddy. She has a background in PR, Marcom, and copywriting and her articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Education.com, Daily Candy Kids, Travelmuse.com, Circleofmoms.com, and Bay Area Parent. Fliess is the author of numerous picture books. She’s available for book signings, school visits, and speaking engagements. Please visit her web site at www.suefliess.com for a peek at her other published books and some of her upcoming books.