|20 big trucks in the middle of Christmas|
Author: Lee, Mark
The snowy town is filling up with a procession of trucks of all shapes and sizes, including a snowplow, a crane, a digger, a semitrailer transporting the town's majestic Christmas tree, and even a flatbed carrying Santa's sleigh. But when the star being hoisted to the top of the Christmas tree wobbles and crashes to the ground, what could possibly be used to replace it? Thankfully, a pair of siblings scan the scene and come up with the perfect solution.
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/21)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/11/21)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2021 PreS—Here come the trucks bringing Christmas into town! The creative team that conceived Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street hauls out 20 new trucks that fill the holiday with cheer. The snowplow and sander trucks clear the roads for the flatbed carrying a towering evergreen to decorate the town square. An earth drill, a ladder truck, and a boom truck with a basket crane all lend a hand. But…oh no! The star tree-topper falls from the cherry picker and shatters! Who will save the day? The most unlikely hero of all, the donut truck, lends its oversized rooftop donut to crown the tree. Lee's couplets read easily, while not shying away from delectable mechanistic words like "generator," "stake," and "flatbed." With no shortage of happenings in this town, each spread conveys a story of its own. A dancing, costumed snowman, a holiday band and choir, Santa on a sleigh, and a truck full of llamas all join the festivities. The text moves the story along quickly; however, readers will find themselves pausing to pore over each glorious spread. Using a muted palette, Cyrus treats children to a variety of perspectives. Viewing the scene from many angles pulls the viewer into the spectacle. This book works well as a companion to its predecessor, but will stand alone as a holiday favorite. VERDICT No preschooler will want to miss out on this heavyweight Christmas story. Highly recommended.—Richelle Rose, Kenton County P.L., KY - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.