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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mini Picture Book Reviews: 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street and The Day the Crayons Quit

I have two mini picture books reviews* to share with y'all today

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
by Mark Lee
Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Pub Date: June 11, 2013
Pub: Candlewick Press
Format: hardcover
Source: pub
Count the trucks getting stuck in a traffic jam in this rhythmic read-aloud sure to draw in kids who love everything on wheels.One ice-cream truck selling everything sweetBreaks down and blocks the middle of our street.If you’re a little boy on a bike, an ice-cream truck on your street is always a welcome sight. But what if it the truck breaks down and blocks the mail truck behind it (now there are two), not to mention a third truck carrying hay? One by one, trucks of all types and sizes and functions are sure to pile up behind, offering ample opportunity for ogling — and counting. And maybe the boy’s idea for putting one of the trucks to good use might even save the day.
I received a copy of this title from the pub in exchange for an honest review 

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street, by Mark Lee, is an adorable picture book with captivating illustrations and an utterly addicting rhyming story. A cute little boy narrates this 32 page story, counting the twenty different trucks that get backed up in the middle of his street, all because of one stuck ice-cream truck.

The rhyming, sing-song narration flows in the most perfect and pleasing way. Little readers, and those being read to, will love the simplicity and sound of the rhyming rhythm. The bright, physically appealing pictures, by Kurt Cyrus, illustrate the story wonderfully. Each of the different twenty trucks has its own personality and pizzazz and little readers will love pointing the various trucks out and picking their favorites. The illustrations are busy enough to keep little eyes entertained and enthralled, but not too busy to overwhelm.

I love that the little boy narrator is the voice of reason and comes up with the big plan to save the day, and I think little ones will get a kick out of this too. The story begins and ends with the stuck ice-cream truck, bringing the story full circle.

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street is a delightful little story, perfect for little readers who love cars or who are just learning how to count. The lovely illustrations and addicting rhyming story will have little ones asking for this story again and again.


The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Pub Date: June 27, 2013
Pub: Penguin
Format: hardcover
Source: pub
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
I received a copy of this title from the pub in exchange for an honest review 

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, is a hilarious tale about the day the crayons have just had enough! This awesomely original story is clever, laugh-out-loud funny, and perfectly illustrated. The story begins with Duncan taking out his box of crayons only to find a stack of letters. Each letter, written by a different colored crayon, tells of that crayon's woes, complaints, and demands.

This book is just too cute and entertaining! Like me, younger readers will love how each crayon has its own wildly fun personality, from overworked Red to neat freak Purple to overlooked White to poor, naked Peach, and every other color in between. Little readers will laugh at the book's silliness and root for their favorite crayons.

Oliver Jeffers' spectacular and whimsically child-like illustrations are the perfect companion to Daywalt's story. Jeffers does a fantastic job of bringing each crayon to life and creating vivid eye-catching pictures.

The Day the Crayons Quit will appeal to readers of all ages (it had this “grown-up” completely enchanted), and will definitely be a big hit amongst little readers!

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*I don't rate picture books here at Word Spelunking, I merely review them

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