The Road That Trucks Built

written by Susanna Leonard Hill
illustrated by Erica Sirotich
Little Simon
ISBN-10: 1481495461
ISBN-13: 978-1481495462

Join the ride as a team of adorable vehicles work together to build a new road in this fresh, cement-mixing spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.”

This is the traffic that’s moving too slow.
Cars and buses have nowhere to go.
What is the answer?
I’m guessing you know.
The trucks need to build a new road!

Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are hard at work making sure that every car, truck, and motorcycle can get where they’re going fast! With smooth writing by Susanna Leonard Hill and heavy-duty illustrations by Erica Sirotich, The Road That Trucks Built shows the importance and effectiveness of teamwork in a picture book that’s perfect for on the road readers.

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PreS-K–Kids love construction and are especially fascinated with the big trucks and equipment that make things happen. This winning title playfully yet accurately shows the different machines that are involved in building a new road. Simple, large-font, rhyming text describes each step of the process in a way that will captivate young ones. The engaging illustrations depict the vehicles with smiling faces. Portraying everything from a whimsical pink bulldozer clearing the open land to a scrappy paint marker applying the finishing yellow and white lines, the pages provide much to explore. An interactive turning wheel on the cover is a nice touch that is sure to grab children’s attention. VERDICT Toddlers and preschoolers will delight in sharing this again and again as they learn about road construction from the ground up. A strong purchase for most shelves.

Mary Jennings, Camano Island Library, WA