Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks

Article excerpt

SIS, PETER. (1999). Trucks, Trucks, Trucks. New York: Greenwillow/HarperCollins ISBN 0060562587.

Always inventive, Sis modifies the explicit type of word list book, not only by making it a story, but also by listing what the items do rather than what they are named. Matt is a little boy clearly crazy about trucks, with every kind of toy truck dominating bedroom; he even has pictures of trucks on his walls. Sis uses a true safety-vehicle yellow as the only color for the activities, although the text appears in different colors. He tells us about the smiling, yellowhaired Matt by showing him in the middle of his truckfilled room, a toy castle, a ball, and a teddy bear only line drawings and of secondary interest. When mother bids him pick up his trucks, he does so one by one, and the text, which labels the activity of each of the trucks he plays with as he puts them away, gets bigger and bigger as the trucks' tasks get bigger. …

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