|Food truck fest!
Author: Penfold, Alexandra
A family prepares for a day at the food truck festival, while at the same time, the food truck crews get ready for the same event, checking recipes, starting to cook, and driving to the festival site.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/18)
School Library Journal (03/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1— An excited young family of four is getting ready for the big day as the food truck crews are busy preparing, cleaning, mixing, mincing, slicing, and baking. This bouncing story in rhyme has the catchy refrain, "Let's get moving, no time to rest. Everybody's going to the food truck fest!" The few obstacles that stand in the family's way of arriving on time allow readers to admire the crafty, detail-rich single- and double-page artwork. Dutton's digitally enhanced gouache illustrations are intricate and inviting, and they beautifully match the upbeat, playful narrative. The festival attendees and truck vendors display a refreshingly diverse range of ethnicity, race, size, shape, and age. The result is a cheerful cacophony of excitement and activity. VERDICT Pair with Mark Todd's Food Trucks! or Peter Stein's Trucks Galore for a lively, attention-grabbing storytime. Recommended for picture book shelves.—Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2018 Early in the morning, food-truck crews arrive at the depot to load their groceries and prepare for a festival. “Some trucks / have ovens, / others have grills. / They’re kitchens / on wheels / without the frills.” As the trucks drive off, the scene shifts to a home where two children and their parents pack up the car. After a ferry ride, they arrive at the food-truck fest and join a happy crowd, eating tasty treats and listening to music. Later, the trucks return to the depot, and the family returns to their home. This attractive picture book offers kids an appealing vicarious outing. The rhyming text sets the scene and outlines the action, while the vivid artwork brings the words to life through well-chosen details. Kids will particularly enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpses of action inside the truck’s small kitchens. The book’s large format offers ample space for the illustrations, which include scenes with long-range perspective as well as images of the children, the cooks, and the menu items. A satisfying picture book. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.