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The Resource Mighty Truck, written by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Troy Cummings

Mighty Truck, written by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Troy Cummings

Label
Mighty Truck
Title
Mighty Truck
Statement of responsibility
written by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Troy Cummings
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Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When a muddy truck reluctantly gets a truck wash, he transforms into a superhero
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Character
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Disney’s Cars meets Superman in this cheery tale of a little pickup truck that gets super souped-up powers. Clarence the truck works at a construction site, where he can’t help getting “really wheely dirty.” As a result, Clarence’s steamroller boss orders him to visit a truck wash. In the midst of getting thoroughly sudsed, lightning strikes, and Clarence is transformed into a powerful monster truck. He uses his new powers for good: aiding his buddy the cement mixer, who gets stuck; rescuing a cat from a tree; and even revving up and zooming to the top of a building under construction, where he stops a beam from falling. The digital illustrations are vibrant and filled with movement; the vehicles have facial expressiveness thanks to the illustrator using windshield wipers as eyebrows and front grilles for grins and grimaces. A high-octane adventure for car-crazy kids. Readers will also want to check out Stephen Savage’s Supertruck (2015) and Barton’s Shark vs. Train (2010). -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 4/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 16)
  • PreS-Gr 2—Clarence is an ordinary, dusty four-wheeler, until a truck wash during a lightning storm transforms him into an extraordinary, "really, wheely powerful" superhero. No one recognizes this glistening, "shiny-clean stranger" who comes to the aid of those in need. With a turbo-charged push, he gets his friend Bruno out of a mud jam. He revs his engine and rescues a kitten stuck in a tree, and he even scales tall buildings with his inflated tires and saves the town from impending doom by welding a falling steel girder with his headlight laser beams. Back down on the ground, covered in dirt again, Clarence doesn't reveal his alter ego, content in knowing that transformation is "only a wash away." Cummings's bright cartoons are full of energy and excitement, and the monster vehicle's emotions are written all over his windshield. VERDICT Here's hoping there are more adventures to come for this Mighty Truck champion.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada --Linda Ludke (Reviewed 03/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 3, p100)
  • An adventure-loving truck discovers an alter ego when his boss demands a trip through the car wash. Clarence is an old-fashioned-looking pickup truck with wooden rails, but his most obvious characteristic is that he's filthy. Even an imminent thunderstorm won't clean him off, but a lightning strike may have something to do with his transformation—when he drives away, he is gleaming, feeling "really wheely powerful," and unrecognizable to his co-workers. Indeed, the shiny red monster truck with "MT" emblazoned on the side and huge tires is a far cry from the dirty pickup of the beginning. But truck lovers won't care, as underdog Clarence proceeds to rescue truck-friend Bruno from the mud, a cat from a tree, and a line of traffic from a beam teetering on a high-rise under construction, each daring superhero feat cementing his new identity as Mighty Truck. By the end, he's dirty again, but he won't share his secret—who wants to miss all the fun that comes with getting dirty when getting clean is "only a wash away"? Cummings' Photoshop illustrations emphasize textures: dirt in all its forms—the dirt covering the trucks, the dirt in the tire treads, mud—the sheen of windows and chrome, the roughness of asphalt. Readers may remark on the unfairness of Clarence's having to wash when Bruno is just as dirty, though. Truck enthusiasts will wheely groove on this story of a truck Superman. (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10473182
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DLC
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Barton, Chris
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 4-8
LC call number
PZ7.B2849
LC item number
Mi 2016
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cummings, Troy
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True
Series statement
Mighty Truck
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Trucks
  • Superheroes
  • Trucks
  • Superheroes
  • Superheroes
  • Trucks
Target audience
primary
Label
Mighty Truck, written by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Troy Cummings
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn902726649
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062344786
Lccn
2014048469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)902726649
Label
Mighty Truck, written by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Troy Cummings
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn902726649
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062344786
Lccn
2014048469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)902726649

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