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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Five Trucks, written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. 2014. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"The first truck
 is large and heavy.

The second truck
is small and quick.

The third truck
is long and straight.

The fourth truck is..."

If you have young children or work with them, you will know just how fascinated they are by vehicles...almost any vehicle they encounter. You will also know that they have endless questions about those vehicles, what they do, why they do it; they can go on and on, can't they?

So, if travel is in your future and that travel includes a flight, you will want to have this very informative and beautifully drawn book at your fingertips. In it, Brian Floca introduces his young audience to the five trucks whose job it is to get airplanes in the air and on their way to their next destination. In simple descriptive words the author shares the name of each of the five, and the work that they accomplish in their efforts to make air travel efficient.

He tells us:

'The fifth truck moves up...
...and down."

Then, he provides further information:

"Food is unloaded from
the fifth truck.

Catering truck"

When the drivers and their five trucks have completed their work, they move away from the airplane and watch as it taxis off, bound for another airport and five other trucks.

Brian Floca's watercolor, gouache and ink artwork is full of light and detail, showing the clean lines of the vehicles, the camaraderie of drivers as they as they get to the work of their day, and their joy in a job well done. He creates small vignettes for the workers, and includes one of a young boy and his father as they arrive at the airport, luggage in hand, and then once on board as the plane sets off for parts unknown.

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