Big Rig Rescue!

by Chris Gall (Author)

Big Rig Rescue!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

When a semi-truck crashes in the snow, Big Orange is ready. With a crane, chains, a webbing strap, outriggers, and a winch, Orange will get the semi back on its wheels--and when the job is too tough to tackle alone, Big Blue is there to help. Together they get the semi free and upright. Now, Orange is ready to tow the semi back to the shop, but a storm is coming! Good thing Blue is around to help when Orange hits ice!

With lively storytelling and engaging artwork, acclaimed author-illustrator Chris Gall motors through a brave and stormy tale of big-rig gadgets and collaboration.

Kirkus Reviews

Look to the helpers in this love song to rescue vehicles in cold, remote places.

Publishers Weekly

A semi "haulin' tons of scrap" has rolled over in a swirling snowstorm. The driver is unhurt, but getting this big rig cleared off the road is going to take some serious towing muscle. First on the scene is 14-wheeler Big Orange, whose bearded, pale-skinned driver narrates the story. After ensuring safety at the site ("A tanker arrives to drain the fuel") and slicing through a twisted guardrail ("I love my metal-cutting rescue saw"), the narrator tries to lift the trailer with strategically placed airbags and winching--one of many vivid procedural scenes. But the toppled rig refuses to budge until another tow truck, Big Blue, arrives, piloted by a tan-skinned figure with a long ponytail and pink gloves. The two drivers hook cables onto either side of the semi, and with some get-'er-done engineering ("We run my line through a snatch block on the trailer to give us extra power"), the semi is righted ("Great roll, everyone!"), and it's back onto the icy road. Gall's (Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747) storytelling is as muscular as the rigs he celebrates: precisionist-style renderings continually move around and over the scene to satisfy the curiosity of truck aficionados, while detail-rich, matter-of-fact prose honors their enthusiasm and knowledge. Ages 3-5. Agent: Erica Rand Silverman, Stimola Literary. (Jan.)

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Chris Gall

Chris Gall was eight years old when men first walked on the moon, and began building and flying model rockets at about the same time. "Some smashed into pieces when their parachutes failed," he says, "but some left the earth with a shattering roar and flew to great heights. I like to think one of them made it to the moon."

While continuing to build rockets, Chris went on to earn a degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona and is the author and illustrator of a dozen acclaimed books, including Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year, The Littlest Train, and Dog Vs. Cat. Go for the Moon! is his first work of children's nonfiction. He lives in Tucson.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Norton Young Readers
Publication date
January 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV041030 - Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Tractor trailer combinations
Wreckers (Vehicles)
Truck drivers
Truck accidents
Tractor trailers

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