Tuesday, July 26

The Mixed-Up Truck

The Mixed-Up Truck
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage

My rating: ★★★★½

ISBN: 978-1626721531
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Date of publication: July 5, 2016
Age: 2 - 6 years
Format: library book

Themes: construction vehicles, cement mixer, mistakes, fixes

When the cement mixer shows up for his first day on the job, he's eager to help. What should he do? The other trucks—busy digging, dumping, and lifting—tell him to get a load of powdery white cement to mix with water. But what the truck actually mixes up is not quite what anybody was expecting! Wanting to fix his mistake, the cement mixer tries and tries again, eventually discovering that some mistakes aren't always a bad thing.

This book is a companion to Savage's first truck book, Supertruck, which I briefly reviewed back here. That one was good, yes, but this one? This one is even better! First off, the word play in the title just starts it off right. The story? This little truck's mistakes make quite the fun surprises that will have any child thrilled. I was smiling throughout the whole thing, myself—it's just so awesome. The simple text, repetitious storyline, and bold illustrations make this perfect for the youngest of readers and an excellent storytime choice. Plus it involves elements that kids love, e.g. construction vehicles and (gah, I don't want to spoil it for you, just read it!).

Overall, definitely recommended. Kids will love it. Also, its a great segway into fun extension activities (get ready for lots of mixing and, hopefully, not too much of a mess, haha).

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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