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Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
by Mark Lee and Kurt Cyrus


Overview - Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels.
"One ice-cream truck selling everything sweet breaks down and blocks the middle of our street."
If you re a little boy on a bike, an ice-cream truck on your street is always a welcome sight.
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Overview
Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels.
"One ice-cream truck selling everything sweet breaks down and blocks the middle of our street."
If you re a little boy on a bike, an ice-cream truck on your street is always a welcome sight. But what if the truck breaks down and blocks the mail truck behind it (now there are two), not to mention a third truck carrying hay? One by one, trucks of all types and sizes and functions are sure to pile up behind, offering ample opportunity for ogling and counting. And maybe the boy s idea for putting one of the trucks to good use might even save the day "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763658090
  • ISBN-10: 076365809X
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Transportation - Cars & Trucks

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

An ice cream truck breaking down in “the middle of our street” is a dream come true for many a kid—not to mention the ensuing traffic jam that strands 20 trucks of every shape and purpose. But one boy has something bigger in mind than licking a cone or being a spectator: he wants to solve the problem. That takes some persistence, but he eventually wins over the crowd with a solution that’s literally right in front of them. Adult author Lee, making his children’s debut, seems a bit stuck himself, delineating the mostly easy-to-recognize vehicles (“A pickup truck is number 4/ A crane truck makes 5./ And here come more!”) rather than amplifying the mood so vividly established in Cyrus’s (The Voyage of Turtle Rex) generously scaled and cinematically composed street scenes. It’s his portrayal of the trucks as solid machines momentarily sidelined from their essential duties, along with the evocation of a neighborhood brought together by a benign “Didja ever...” moment, that makes the book feel inspired. It almost doesn’t need words at all. Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agent: Michael Stearns, Upstart Crow Literary. (June)

 
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