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Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Wheeler, Lisa, Bates, Ivan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0544247655     ISBN-13: 9780544247659
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: May 2014
Annotation: One by one, Farmer Dale picks up animals who want a ride to town in his rickety old pickup truck.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Domestic animals; Fiction.
Pickup trucks; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2014015457
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 6.75" W x 1.00" (0.96 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which recently received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
IVAN BATES is the well-known illustrator of Lisa Wheeler's One Dark Night and Where, Oh Where, is Santa Clause?, as well as Just You and Me and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, both by Sam McBratney. He lives in England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
One day kindly Farmer Dale, a dog, picks up various stranded animals in his truck. After it breaks down, the animals band together and push the vehicle to its destination. The rhymes bounce, but the banal denouement--the animals are on their way to a talent contest--doesn't resonate. The crayon and watercolor illustrations of the expressive animals are appealing. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 October #1)
Wheeler (Uncles and Antlers, reviewed Sept. 27) introduces Farmer Dale, a neighborly sheepdog hauling a load of hay in the back of his red truck. Along the way, the hero accommodates a hitchhiking, imperious cow. But when he goes on to pick up a dapper sheep wearing a straw boater, a pig on roller skates and an accordion-playing nanny goat (each resents the presence of the others) the poor old pickup spits, sputters, coughs, wheezes, hiccups and finally peters out: "The truck bounced up. The springs all popped./ The bumper bumped. The pickup stopped." Can Farmer Dale count on the freeloaders to help out? As Bates (who teamed up with Wheeler on One Dark Night) builds up to the story's big moment, his crayon and watercolor pictures echo scenes from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. The seeming effortlessness and fluidity of the compositions play counterpoint to the outlandishness of the situation and the comic pettiness of the characters. But the spirit of cooperation triumphs as a hearty joint push gets the truck rolling again. Curiously, the book then comes to an abrupt end: Farmer Dale simply drops off his passengers at a talent contest in town and drives on. Some readers may be disappointed not to savor the animals' newfound camaraderie-or at least find out whether the goat's accordion-playing is blue ribbon-worthy. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.