Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 8

Troto and the Trucks 
by Uri Shulevitz. 
May 2015.

From Amazon: "Troto is a happy little car who likes to go places. One day after a long drive, he arrives in Cactusville, where he meets some big trucks. But when those big trucks laugh at how small Troto is, Troto doesn't feel very happy anymore, so he challenges them to a race to show them just what a little car can do. After Troto wins the race, the trucks apologize, and little Troto drives off into the sunset, casting a big shadow. "

My thoughts: I first had trouble figuring out how to pronounce the little car's name... does it rhyme with Otto or Frodo? We settled on Frodo, since the book begins with the car going on a long drive. :) It's a typical little-guy-is-bullied-by-bigger-guys story that ends with little-guy-overcoming-the-bullies. I would never have guessed Shulevitz to be the author/illustrator, as his Caldecott-winning books are very artsy and detailed. But sure enough, it's him -- and after a bit of research I learned he is now 80 years old and still writing children's books. How awesome is that??

Recommended Age: 3-6 years

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