Saturday, January 15, 2011

Popular Mechanicals: Garage Tales by Jon Scieszke

It's bargain time in the land, and for those little trucksters and motorheads out there, Simon & Schuster has a nifty, thrifty three-fer from Jon Scieszka's noted Ready-to-Roll series of tales from Trucktown, (2010), featuring three recent stories for the price of one.

In the first truck tale, "Uh, Oh, Max," Max the overenthusiastic little big-wheels truck can't stop his off-road bouncing--until he gets himself stuck in the muck under an overpass. Who can get him out? Jack Truck, Gabby the Sound Truck, and Kat the Road Builder strike out, and even Izzy the Ice Cream Truck can't entice Max out of the mud. Is it time to call in Tow Truck Ted?

In "Pete's Party" the usual suspects set out to follow Pete's directions to his garage, where they all plan to party down, but it seems nobody has a GPS--or a clue--here. Who'll be the hero and find the way?

In the final truck tale, "Dizzy Izzy," author Scieszka has a rockin' rhymin' time as Izzy gets busy, spinning and spinning in circles, gets himself all in a tizzy, all in the interest of getting dizzy. But is he?

It's all in good fun, and for those little lovers of trucks and construction equipment, Scieszka and his trio of award-winning illustrators, David Shannon, David Gordon, and Loren Long, turn out some of the most glee-ful vehicles on four wheels ever in their Garage Tales (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown) (Simon & Schuster, 2010), good for many a giggle.

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