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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SUPERTRUCK, by Stephen Savage. A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan. Raincoast. 2015. $14.99 ages 2 and up

"The city

is full of

brave trucks.

The bucket truck
fixes a power line."

When a blizzard stops the mighty trucks of the city from working, it’s SUPERTRUCK to the rescue!

It's hard to believe, living in Manitoba in the middle of the Canadian prairies, we have had to shovel very little snow this season. Each day we hear and read reports of storms that persist in other parts of the country. Today we are experiencing very strong winds and shivers because of them. But, our snow plows have experienced a pretty severe lack of work.

In the city that Stephen Savage creates for his hero, there are many trucks. Each has an important job to do! In graphic, boldly colored illustrations he shows us what those jobs are and the joy the trucks feel when solving problems for city dwellers. But, when the snow begins to fall and the streets become impassible, those trucks have little recourse but to sit idly by and wait for help. That is exactly when the bespectacled and innocent-looking garbage truck finds a secluded garage where he can turn into SUPERTRUCK!

Without his glasses, sporting bold square lines, and working under cover of darkness, he makes his way from one side of the city to the other. He does his work without any help and with great pride, clearing streets and leaving the other trucks to wonder the next morning about their new hero. We know what he is doing. I bet he can hardly wait for another snowstorm!

Appealing and clever, I am sure this is a book that you will share over and over again ... and I don't think you will mind.

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