My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
picture book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor, storytime
There are so many trucks that help take care of the city. The bucket truck fixes power lines and the fire truck puts out a blaze. But the garbage truck just collects the trash. Or does he? When the city is hit by a blizzard, the garbage truck sneaks away and transforms into SUPERTRUCK! He digs out the city and saves everyone… even the other brave trucks. The next day he quietly goes back to collecting the trash.
A seemingly simple story, I was unimpressed with this book at first. But after reading it with the kids several times (in a row, of course) I saw that it opened up some great discussion. While plowing through the snow and saving the day during the blizzard, garbage collection is a tough, extremely important, and often thankless job. I don’t know if that was Savage’s intention or if this was meant to be baby’s first superhero story.
I would use this for a Community Helper storytime where we read books about firefighters, police, doctors, etc. It would be great to have a Community Helper come and talk to the children. One GREAT idea I heard at a Summer Reading Program workshop was for a pediatrician to come and give a Teddy Bear Clinic after storytime, talking about to keep your favorite lovely happy and healthy.