Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Whenever there is trouble in the jungle, Monkey Truck races to the rescue! He saves small lizards from crushing elephant feet. He rescues big hippos from a shrinking and muddy water hole. He grinds gears to get the job done with his truck bed filled to bursting. He is Monkey Truck! Fueled by bananas and always ready to go, he is the hero of the jungle.
This book grew on me once I got into the story. It has a frenetic pace that toddler will enjoy immensely. It also obviously has its own screwball humor from the premise alone! That humor is really what makes this book work so well. From fart jokes to bouncing stacks of muddy hippos, there is plenty of laughter to be found here.
The book has been printed on thicker pages, making it an ideal transition book for toddlers from board books to picture books. This is clearly a book that is meant for very young children who just might demand why they can’t have a monkey truck of their very own!
If you do a toddler story time at your library or work with a toddler group, this is a book that will really work when shared out loud. Be prepared to mash your animal sounds with engine noises and your young listeners will be sure to enjoy it! Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from copy received from Henry Holt.
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