Little Blue Truck Leads the Way (Little Blue Truck)

by Alice Schertle (Author) Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Zooom! Wooeeee . . . ! Make way! The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor's limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there's a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style. Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this new adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever.

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. . . big, swooshing street sweeper; the taxi with screeching brakes; the busy police car; the frowning bus. The angry traffic standoffs and the small truck's triumph will be welcome fuel for many preschoolers' imaginative play.

Publishers Weekly

This sequel to "Little Blue Truck" brings the rustic pickup truck to a busy cityscape where Little Blue is dwarfed by towering yet cozy buildings and jostled by the frantic pace of traffic (Swish! Swash! Swoosh! went a big street sweeper, hollering 'Hey! Better move, little beeper!' ). But Blue's diplomacy keeps things running smoothly: You might be fast and I might be slow, but one at a time is the way to go. It's in the fusion of the old-fashioned with the modern-eclectic — one man in the crowd listens to an iPod — that the book's artistry shines. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1. Little Blue Truck rides in rhyme again, this time carrying crates of lettuce to a metropolitan market. His bug-eyed headlights show appreciation for the city views, as well as discomfort when the faster-paced vehicles harass him. From a double-decker bus to the mayor's limousine, traffic irritably jams into a crunch intensified by the limo engine's demise. The portly, gray-haired mayor uses Little Blue as a podium, instructing citizens to follow the truck's advice to travel "one at a time." The resulting courtesy creates a smooth flow, even when a marching band joins the line. Everyone cheers for the little truck, who leads the way with the mayor as his passenger. McElmurry's gouache scenes are spot-on. Simple compositions in calming indigo and cream in the country starkly contrast with the jam-packed city scenes where a crush of buildings barely shows the sky. The urbanites are a rich mix of ethnicity and purpose: coffee drinkers, construction workers, dog walkers, briefcase carriers, they all pound the pavement. The tale is a fine illustration for classes studying urban and rural settings, and the simple plot is a treat for even very young listeners. - Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Review quotes

"It's in the fusion of the old-fashioned with the modern-eclectic—one man in the crowd listens to an iPod—that the book's artistry shines."—Publisher's Weekly

Alice Schertle

Alice Schertle is a poet and the author of the best-selling Little Blue Truck books and many other books for young readers. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

Jill McElmurry is the illustrator of the best-selling Little Blue Truck books, as well as many acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. She divides her time between New Mexico and Minnesota.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2009
Little Blue Truck

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