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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Garage Tales, written by Jon Scieszka with characters developed by David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon. Simon & Schuster, 2010. $14.99 ages 2 and up

Izzy gets busy.
But Izzy is not dizzy.
Is he?

Izzy skids in a tizzy.
But Izzy is not dizzy.
Is he?"

You can see everybody's favorite character from Trucktown on the endpapers of this three story compilation...Gariella Garbage Truck, Dump Truck Dan, Pumper Pat and Hook and Ladder Lucy, Rescue Rita, Cement Mixer Melvin, Payloader Pete, Big Rig, Grader Kat, Jack Truck, Monster Truck Max, Izzy Ice Cream Truck, and Tow Truck Ted. Each will play a role in Jon Scieszka's tales of adventure.

This humorous and prolific author knows his audience and he knows the message he wants them to take from sharing this book...reading is fun! He has created characters whose love of adventure will make them fan favorites for our youngest readers; and he has fashioned stories that encourage them to try their hand at tackling reading on their own.

The language is full of expression and noise, rhyme rhythm and repetition, signs and funny dialogue. The stories are short, but have an impact. Friends help friends with daily mishaps, showing that together we are better than we are alone. The bright and colorful illustrations fill the pages with energetic settings and striking transport vehicle. What more can we ask?

Joey, have I got a book for you!

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