Friday, January 29, 2010

Jon Scieszka's Trucktown: The Spooky Tire

Jon Scieszka describes Trucktown as "a crazy fun action series for the youngest readers." To paraphrase Ellen Goodman's quote about The Cat in the Hat, I think Trucktown is a piece of absurdity that works as a karate chop against the sometimes weary world of early reader books. As a father of two, I have spent many evenings reading tiresome early reader books. The Spooky Tire, like other great children's media, is attractive to kids with humor that will appeal to their parents as well.  The book starts out " It was dark. It was stormy. It was night." How could you resist this? In the story, Cement Mixer Melvin has a flat tire and finds a golden spare.  Unfortunately for Melvin, this leads to unexpected spooky results. Along with the fun text, the efforts of the all-star Design Garage (David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon) capture the reader's attention with brightly colored illustrations and alternating font designs.

Besides being a great beginning reader, The Spooky Tire would also serve as an introduction to cause and effect or for a discussion about connections.  Young readers will easily make connections to Melvin in this story.

1 comment:

  1. I love books that appeal to parents as well as kids. And you're right, those sentences would have had me grinning instantly!

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