20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street, written by Mark Lee and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, is the straightforward kind truck book that little kids (ok, who am I kidding? Boys...) love. And, as the parent of two boys who went through serious truck infatuation (remember those t-shirts that had the wrap-around illustrations of trucks with all the parts notated? I invested a lot of money in those!) I still find myself drawn to truck books - although I have stopped yelling out trucks as I spot them while driving around town. 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street is perfect for little truck lovers! Not too much text, naming of the trucks and 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street even rhymes. Kurt Cyrus has illustrated (and written and illustrated) many picture books as well as the hilarious Pals in Peril series by M.T. Anderson, the fist book of which (Whales on Stilts) I have read and thoroughly enjoyed and promise to review here very soon. His illustrations for 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street are perfect! They focus in on the trucks and show all the vital parts and are colorful and crisp.
The story in 20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street is very clever also. A boy is riding his bike when he sees the ice cream truck breakdown in the middle of the street. Because the street is so narrow, no one can get passed the truck and soon a traffic jam begins and a crowd gathers. At first, now one can hear the little bike riding boy's solution to the problem but once they do, trucks are in actions and trucks are on the move! And, the little boy even finds himself with an ice cream cone in hand after helping to get those twenty trucks out of the middle of the street!
Source: Review Copy