Monday, July 7, 2014
Food Trucks, written and illustrated by Mark Todd. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Thomas Allen & Son. 2014. $21.99 ages 8 and up
Though it doesn't take
Much time to eat one.
But make no mistake:
Too many cupcakes
Will surely bring
Food trucks are filling city landscapes with sustenance on the run. They are found where people gather to grab a quick lunch, a tasty snack and even, fresh produce. They are portable, moving from one venue to another with ease, and an eye to the best place for enticing new customers.
We can probably trace their history to chuckwagons,canteen trucks, even the ice cream sellers who came past on bicycles when our kids were young. Today, they are often bigger, brighter, more mobile and their routes and stops are advertised on social media so favorites can be found quickly on any given day. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a wide variety of other taste treats:
Here come the Food Trucks!
Talk about your meals on wheels.
These travellin' chow hounds
Are heading to your town...
Cookin' up a storm,
Takin' your order,
And servin' some tasty grub!"
We meet Joe first...he's here to provide breakfast. Accompanying the poem that describes Joe's offerings, is an anthropomorphic image of an impatient truck, covered with instructions. There are also information blurbs posted in surrounding clouds concerning that first meal of the day:
"The first breakfast cereal was invented in 1863 and was called Granula."
14 vehicles in all offer food fare from the Better Burger Builder Bus and Bubba Q, to Curry in a Hurry and Amigo. The poems that accompany each detailed, carefully designed truck are brief, descriptive and sure to entertain. The captions included add interesting detail to what readers will learn about this enticing, ever-growing part of the urban landscape.
Youngsters who share this new book by Mark Todd will find many good reasons to talk about what they are seeing and learning through its witty and informative text, including:
"July is National Ice Cream Month."
"The average number of licks to finish off a single-scoop ice cream cone is fifty."
Check it out!