Saturday, June 15, 2013

Kid Konnection: Truck Stop

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you an adorable picture book that's perfect for the little guys in your life.

Summary: Early each morning,
before the sun is even up,
the Truck Stop opens for breakfast,
and the trucks start pulling in.
Eighteen wheeler,
milk tank,
moving van,
and flatbed!
Their drivers order eggs and bacon,
pancakes with syrup,
and a blueberry muffin.
For the boy who helps his parents at the counter, there is nothing better than seeing all the trucks roll in; he knows every single one . . . and can tell when one is missing!

Here is a story for very young truck lovers, worth stopping for again and again. -- Viking

TRUCK STOP by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is very fun picture book! The story is told in the voice of a young boy who helps his mom and dad run the family business -- which just happens to be a truck stop. He begins each day by squeezing the oranges to make juice while his parents start the coffee and breakfast foods. His uncle even works in the service garage.

Then the boy begins describing the various vehicles (eighteen-wheeler, dump truck, milk tank, moving van, even an old green pickup) and their drivers that stop at the truck stop. As each regular enters the truck stop, the boy and his parents start preparing their special breakfasts. However, Green Gus hasn't arrived and no one has seen him!

When the boy's school bus arrives, he hops on and finds that Green Gus is stranded on the side of the road. The bus driver makes a call and Green Bus is towed to the truck stop where its driver receives his normal breakfast order. Now everything is back to normal and the boy anxiously awaits tomorrow when it all begins again!

I thought TRUCK STOP was a delightful story that is sure to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike. There are lots of references to breakfast foods along with descriptions of the various vehicles that stop by the truck stop in the course of the morning. In addition, the colorful illustrations are the perfect complement to the story. I especially liked that the end paper was filled with cute pictures of the different types of vehicles.

I know that my nephews (ages 4 and 3) will just adore this book and I can't wait to share it with them!

Thanks to Blue Slip Media for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


Beth F said...

Oh my nephews would have LOVED this book. Sounds so cute.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I can't imagine kids not loving books about truck stops. There's something so compelling about trucks and diners and all that!

My book today is from a real life story about what happened to Desmond Tutu as a kid when he was called racial epithets, and how he learned to get over the hurt and resentment. Great lessons for kids (and others, heh)

bermudaonion said...

Vance would have loved this book as well! He had a book about trucks that he adored. It's the one I hid for a couple weeks because I was so tired of it.

Laura Fabiani said...

My nephew would love this book! My son was not a big fan of trucks actually. He preferred building things, architectural style

Karlie said...

I know your nephews will love it :)

Karlie said...

I know your nephews will love it :)

WomenTruckersNetwork WTN said...

Girls would like this book too! There are many female truck drivers who are grandmothers. Daughters, Sons, Granddaughters & Grandsons would enjoy a book like this. I will share it on my women truckers Facebook page.