Where’s My T-R-U-C-K? – Reviewed by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge


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Where’s My T-R-U-C-K?

by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow; Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011.  32 pages; $16.99; reading level:  ages 4-7.

When Tommy loses his (don’t say the word or you’ll set him off!) t-r-u-c-k, the whole family’s day goes haywire.  Tommy refuses help from Mom, Dad, sister, brother, and Grandma:  “I don’t want jeeps or cars or planes,/Or boats or bikes or trikes or trains./I don’t want green or blue or black./I only want my red truck back.”  He conducts a search that turns house and yard upside down.  The delightfully off kilter pencil and watercolor illustrations, in which every character is having a bad hair day and is wackily out of proportion, perfectly capture Tommy’s desperate, truck-less world.  The search is fruitless, tragedy looms…until the turn of a page reveals the culprit, who’s been visible to sharp eyes all along.  Tommy is as magnanimous with the guilty party as he has been self-absorbed earlier.  We’ve all lived through this drama, as either parent or child, and it’s delightfully reenacted here.

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K? was recently purchased at The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore by Connie