|Big truck little island
Author: Van Dusen, Chris
When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry's ballet class? Luckily, the kids come up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars? Inspired by an incident that happened on Vinalhaven, Maine.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 515414
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/22)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/22)
The Hornbook (+) (00/05/22)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2022 Spinning a tale based on a real incident that occurred on the island town of Vinalhaven in Maine, Van Dusen portrays what happens when a really big flatbed truck carrying a mysterious, covered load across a small island gets stuck on a tight curve and blocks traffic in both directions. In shiny, lightly caricatured scenes, he opens with the truck wheeling off its barge and a detailed aerial view of the island. Then he peeks inside the stopped cars, each of which contains a child who needs to be somewhere: “Barry was already late for ballet. / He needed to practice his battement frappé.” As the driver (and readers) look on in amazement, the island residents get together and decide to switch cars temporarily. Everyone gets where they’re going, an outsize tow truck later rolls up to clear the road, and the author saves a final bright surprise for those wondering what was under that humongous tarp. A salutary case study in how trust and cooperation can turn a big problem into no problem. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.