A book that will encourage even the youngest of fans to keep on truckin’.


Comfort and care take a momentary hiatus as premier bibliotherapist Parr tackles a whole new world of vehicular options.

Parr opts for standard preschool fare with his pretty paean to cool trucks and cars (but mostly trucks) everywhere. His signature style, combining bright, peppy colors and thick black lines, is an apt fit for the goofy array of at least semisentient trucks on display. Readers are repeatedly informed what it is that cars and trucks “LOVE” (“to be on the road,” “to be clean,” “to help people,” and “to say good night”). Seemingly unwilling to abandon his sense of responsibility for the well-being of the world entirely, Parr includes a note at the end that encourages readers to use buses or bikes too as well as an oddly adult list of nine tips for safe driving. In addition to Parr’s customarily offbeat color scheme, there’s a bit of an edge to this outing, making it an oddly refreshing read. Whether it’s the distinctly pointy teeth on the monster and ski-patrol trucks, the pizza truck that advertises itself as “Home of the Stinky Pot Pie” (its proprietor is a skunk), or the free-flying tighty whities and other undies on the top of a laundry truck, there’s much here to amuse both younger and older vehicle fans.

A book that will encourage even the youngest of fans to keep on truckin’. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-50662-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2018

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Won’t last forever, but hours of entertainment while it does.


Flaps within flaps offer fun and occasional frustration in this highly interactive, travel-themed tome for tots.

Several two-page set pieces depict a variety of conveyances and heavy equipment in action, in tableaux depicting a city, harbor, airport, building site, railway station, and freeway. Scenes are dense with detail, especially as readers begin opening the many flaps built into the illustrations, affording peeks inside vehicles, buildings, boxes, and baskets as well as behind clouds and below the sea, for example. Vignettes are introduced in rhyme: “This town is busy—everyone is on the go. How many vehicles do you know?” In addition to the obvious—a bike, bus, taxi, police car, and van—a cloud-shaped flap reveals an airplane, and one on the van folds back to show the scooter inside. A flap on a building reveals a woman on an exercise bike; a door beyond her conceals a person watching a televised stock-car race in the next room. With more than 70 flaps and a multitude of details, random facts, and vocabulary, this is a potentially longer read than most board books. The art is simple, cartoonish, and unambiguously representational; humans depicted represent a range of races, ages, genders, and abilities. The book is sturdy and the pages thick, but the flaps can be tough to operate, especially on first opening, and some will likely rip over time. Companion title My Peekaboo Farm publishes simultaneously.

Won’t last forever, but hours of entertainment while it does. (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68010-593-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Oct. 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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A simple, celebratory story of community collaboration and religious tolerance.


In Inuvik, a town 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, a makeshift trailer mosque is no longer adequate for the growing Muslim community.

The cost of building “a bigger one so far north” is prohibitive, so the Winnipeg-based Zubaidah Tallab Foundation steps in to help. Based on a true story, this picture book describes the remarkable project, from fundraising and building the mosque in Winnipeg to transporting it to Inuvik more than 4,000 kilometers away. The mosque’s long-distance journey is fraught with perils and challenges that require the efforts of many people to overcome. Road signs and power lines have to be moved to accommodate the oversized semitrailer conveying The Midnight Sun Mosque over back roads and country highways as it struggles to make it to the last Hay River barge crossing of the season before the winter freeze. Ghare's scenic, digital illustrations do the heavy lifting in this intriguing story narrated in straightforward, spare text. The artwork depicts racially and ethnically diverse communities of Muslims and non-Muslims in both locales. Roman Catholic clerics and Gwich'in First Nations elders are present at the official opening of the new mosque. A short introduction and author's note provide additional details for consideration and discussion.

A simple, celebratory story of community collaboration and religious tolerance. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 15, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-4598-2760-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Orca

Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2022

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