Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review - Alphabet Trucks


Alphabet Trucks

By: Samantha R. Vamos
Illustrated by: Ryan O’Rourke
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: August 2013
ISBN: 978-1580894289
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: September 2013

Vroom! Rumble! Zoom! Here come the trucks! Did you know there is a truck for every letter of the alphabet? Young readers learning the alphabet are in for a real treat with the newest book from author Samantha R. Vamos. With bright, lively drawings and creative rhyme, this book shines.

I is for ice-cream truck,
with frozen treats to taste,
J is for junk truck,
removing scrap and waste.


The pages of this book are free of clutter and make the letters and trucks easily stand out. The retro-illustrations bring back fond memories of books from the 60’s and earlier – simple and fun. For me, it brought back recollections of my favorite childhood book, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
I’ve read a lot of alphabet books and was quite curious to see how this one would handle the more difficult letters. I’m not a truck expert, but I honestly couldn’t think of trucks for some letters. Fortunately, Vamos is far more creative than I and wrote a book that flows easily, uses all the letters of the alphabet, includes some neat trucks, and will easily engage even reluctant readers. If your child is learning the alphabet, consider this book to help him/her along.

Quill says: Young truck enthusiasts will love learning the alphabet with Alphabet Trucks!