Big Rig by Jamie Swenson
Illustrations by Ned Young
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Join Frankie the Big Rig truck as he takes us on a journey through the world of trucks. Full of truck driving lingo and colorful illustrations, Big Rig introduces young readers to the words and sounds of the road.
Through the clever use of onomatopoeia (“URRRRNNNT-URRRRNNT!” goes Frankie’s horn), Swenson creates a fun adventure that will grab the attention of any young reader and although it "teaches" it never feels didactic. Although all picture books are meant to be read aloud, this one lends itself perfectly to storytime with its jazzy feel and fun sounds. There is even a "Truck-tionary" at the end with big rig vocabulary terms that are used throughout the book. Ned Young's illustrations are vibrant, reminding me of the movie Cars with its anthropomorphism. A great book for those kids who just can't get enough of trucks.