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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,183 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Truck is written and illustrated by the celebrated creator of Freight Train, Bigmama's, School Bus, and many other classic and award-winning picture books for young children. Truck was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association and was also named an ALA Notable Book for Children. It is an ideal book to share with preschoolers, both at home and in the ...more
Board book, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Oct 16, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-hobbit
My son really enjoys this book. I try to change the story a little every time I read it. We have lots of fun finding different things on every page.
A very fun wordless book to go with my Truck theme. There are so many things I can have the kids point out to me, including colors. (The colors in this book are bright and cheerful.) This should be fun, and the kids always enjoy the ones where they help me "read" the book. Wonderful choice for truck lovers, especially for a lap-read or read-alone with them.

1/23/13 This was a fabulous choice for my Truck theme. The kids loved telling me the colors of the trucks around. They got the stop sign. The
Not especially interesting art of a truck and other vehicles. With no story. And no words. Yeah whatever. What were the Caldecott people thinking?
kathy gaytan
Jan 12, 2015 kathy gaytan rated it really liked it
felt like i was stuck i traffic
Rachel Buonforte
Feb 26, 2017 Rachel Buonforte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wordless
Awards: Caldecott medal and ALA Notable book
Grade level: Pre-K
Summary: This picture book follows a big tractor trailer truck transporting bicycles on its journey throughout the highway system. The truck goes through tunnels, fog, and crowded highways, portraying what it is like on the highways. On the trucks travels you see plenty of signs, driving routines, and other daily routines of the highway system.
Review: I really enjoyed this book and its realistic portrayal of the highway and all of
Crystal Velez
Award(s): Caldecott Honor Book

Grade: Pre-School

Summary: Truck by Donald Crews is a wordless picturebook with bold, and vibrant images that are pleasurable for a young child's eye. The book shows illustrations of everyday signs we see while driving in the real world. In addition, the book repeats words such as "truck" and "trucking" matching the term to the image so the child can identify the corresponding word to the object.

Review: For some reason I had high expectations of this book, but it was
Mar 16, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: felix
For better or worse, I would prefer a more structured story, but Felix seems to enjoy this book more than I do, so I guess it's a good kids' book! It's also interesting to go through a book with no words many times and pick up and/or invent details along the way.
Yelim Kwon
Feb 24, 2017 Yelim Kwon added it
Shelves: wordless
Truck by Donald Crews

1.Caldecott Honor
2.Age 0-5
3.In this book, red truck is driving through the roads. While this red truck is traveling the city, we see many different signs, cars and scenery.
4.I think this book is perfect for children who loves cars. Children also can recognize environmental literacy which are signs on the roads. While I was reading this book, I felt like I was traveling with the red truck!
5.Lesson for transportation or different signs.
Emma Hughes
Feb 26, 2017 Emma Hughes rated it it was ok
1.) Caldecott Honor Book
2.) Preschool
3.) This book is about trucks. It shows the different signs on the streets. It also shows the journey this one truck makes throughout the book.
4.) This book is interesting. It allows students to use their imagination to create a story. It also teaches students about the streets, roads, highways and signs. I wasn't a fan of the book due to a lack of a story.
5.) Have the students write down all the trucks, street signs they see on their way home from school.
Gianna Petrillo
Feb 26, 2017 Gianna Petrillo rated it did not like it
1. Preschool- Kindergarten
2. This book is about a truck on a truck line. These trucks are going through the city and words are being described in the things that they are describing. This book is not that interesting, but the pictures are engaging.
3. I did not really like this book, I didn't really understand the point of it nor was it interesting. I did like how they discreetly put the words into the items they were describing. I also liked the pictures they were bright and I think kids would
Kevin Denizard
Feb 27, 2017 Kevin Denizard rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless-books
1)Caldecott Honor Book

2)Pre-K through 1st

3) The story starts off with a trunk loaded up with colorful bikes. As the trucks drive on the road its passes a number of road signs. The truck finally reached its destination and unload the bike.

4)I love how the book incorporates a multitude of colors in its pages. The book also does a great job of introducing kids to street signs.

5) Teach the kids how to line up. The book can also be used to raise child print awareness.
Daniella Delgado
Feb 26, 2017 Daniella Delgado rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless
1. Caldecott Medal and ALA notable book
2. Pre-K - K
3. This book is a wordless book about a trailer truck and his journey. Throughout the book we see where the truck goes and everything along the way.
4. This book is cute and great for kids who love trucks. It is very eye-catching and has lots of fun pictures. It was fun flipping through the pages.
5. Learning about trucks, daily routines.
Abbie Shawano
May 07, 2015 Abbie Shawano rated it really liked it
This book would be useful for very beginning readers. There is no relevant story or even sentences throughout the whole book. Describing words such as "truck" and "speed limit" are used to show readers the story rather than tell it with basic facts. I think this book could be appealing to beginning readers, even though there are not many words, it is a great way for them to transition into reading and feel confident about it rather than overwhelmed.
The genre is fiction, describing the journey a
Kelley Blakslee
Sep 12, 2016 Kelley Blakslee rated it liked it
In this boldly illustrated nearly wordless picturebook, Donald Crews brings you into the bustling city as the reader follows a large red semi truck carrying a load of tricycles. Every illustration is a full-bleed two page spread, making each scene appear busy and crowded as cars are cut off, entering and exiting the pages. The only words in the book appear in the functional, embedded text such as the lettering on the truck itself and other vehicles, road signs, and store and gas station signs. T ...more
Samantha Drezek
Oct 01, 2016 Samantha Drezek rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless
1) ALA noted, Caldecott Honor
2) Pre-k to 2nd Grade
3) The truck starts off by picking up a shipment of bicycles at a loading dock. The truck then drives through its route passing by many signs, roads, and other vehicles. The truck finally reaches its destination and unloads the bicycles into a garage.
4) This book is okay for kids that have a passion for cars and trucks, but otherwise it is not very interesting. The illustrations are fairly simple and there are a lot of images to discover on the
Feb 07, 2009 Arthur rated it really liked it
The plot of this wordless picture book is simple: a truck goes from A to B. This simplicity is its greatest asset. It relaxes, much like the TV programs, shown after regular programming has ended, in which a train or a car with a camera in front makes its way through the country. What keeps it interesting is the question: what's around the next corner? Or in the case of TRUCK: what's on the next page? Where will it be then? (A misty Golden Gate bridge was my favourite answer to these questions.) ...more
Shania Jackson
Oct 03, 2016 Shania Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless
Awards Received: Caldecott Honor Book
ALA Notable Book

Appropriate Grade Levels: Pre-K - 1st Grade

A red truck journeys through endless streets, highways and roads. Passing many similar and not so similar vehicles, it quietly greats and departs many road friends, leaving a dark cloud of pollution behind wherever it goes. There is no length this truck won't go to make it's delivery.

Though Truck does not have a simple and distinct story line, it's use of environmental print is highly clever. Children
Ashley Barna
Feb 06, 2012 Ashley Barna rated it it was ok
Shelves: wordless
Truck, written by Donald Crews does itself justice by being wordless. The intrinsic illustrations are a wonderful way to get young children exciting about books. Being that this is a Caldecott winner, it makes it an excellent wordless book for children. As readers follow a big red truck on its journey, they are met with road signs, other vehicles, and traffic jams.

This is a great book for the young to visually see automobiles in their natural setting. This book is probably more interesting for
Alexis Sloan
Feb 09, 2015 Alexis Sloan rated it liked it
This past semester I was in a three year old classroom for six weeks and that is where I found this book. This was a classroom favorite among both the boys and girls. TRUCK is a wordless picture book that has absolutely wonderful pictures. Throughout the book, it shows a huge red truck that is transporting tricycles. The red truck has to go through different types of weather, stop lights, and crowded streets. I think this book does an excellent job of telling a story through the illustrations. I ...more
Maria Thompson
Award: Caldecott Honor Book

Grade Level: Pre-k to 1st grade

Summary: A big red tracker trailer truck is loaded up with bicycles. The truck then drives through a city, a tunnel, a highway, through rain, and over a bridge. In the end the truck arrives at its' destination and the bikes are unloaded.

Review: I thought there was a tone of environmental print and symbols in this book. The illustrations were bright and colorful. The story line was realistic, and shows children a different perspective they
Chris Go
Donald Crews received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2015 for his contribution to children's literature. He gave quite a speech at the ALA award ceremony (it's available online). "Trucks" was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 1981.

I think it may be difficult to put this book into context as the children's book sections are now filled with books about trucks, trains, and other things that move. "Trucks" is a wordless picture book that shows how a bicycle makes its way across the country (on the bac
Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 03, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-00-04
Semi trucks, with their noise and power, hold an unspeakable attraction for young children, especially boys. This wordless book follows a semi on one of its long journeys -- through tunnels, over bridges, through traffic, with a stopover at a truck stop... ending at the loading dock with a cargo if tricycles unloaded. The outsized bulk of the truck is emphasized in close-up view by showing only portions of it when close-up, and there is a wonderful aerial perspective of its place in the traffic ...more
Cara Byrne
Mar 16, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
Winner of a Caldecott Honor, this human-free book places all emphasis on objects many children love the most: TRUCKS. And not toy trucks. BIG, LOUD trucks. The only words and numbers that enter the narrative are related to traffic, gas stations, and the truck itself, labeled with "TRUCKING" on its side. While Crews does a wonderful job making this a book about traffic and trucks, it's a bit jarring and difficult to follow the illustrations. Perhaps he is attempting to capture the organized chaos ...more
Victoria Long
Feb 04, 2014 Victoria Long rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Donald Crews includes very boxy images if trucks and cars that would appeal to boys, but this story is somewhat dull. A truck drives from the trucking company o a delivery. The many many signs take away from the wordless aspect. I don't see how a child would learn or benefit from reading this book, aside from entertainment of looking at trucks. The pages include some fun images of different vehicles with different jobs, but others are boring and plain. The book is often zoomed. In on the red tru ...more
Nikki Smith
This story follows the journey of a semi-truck and its trip across the country. It shows all of the places that are involved in moving a truck and all of the steps that it takes to get to the destination. This book would be a great tool to make up characters and make up a story, especially for young boys who cannot read yet. The book is about a Kindergarten level and below and helps student and children with their imagination, while also informing them of the trucking industry. I liked this book ...more
This is a wordless book that doesn't have an exact storyline. I think that each readers can interpret it as he/she may please. I would use this book to teach the writing process. Students can look through the pictures and brainstorm different ideas according to the pictures. After students have had written their ideas, I would have them draft, revise, edit and publish their writing. Once all students have written their version of the story, I would make a classroom book about the multiple story ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: board-books
While I appreciate a good wordless book as much as the next person, I will say that this wordless book lacks story. And I refuse to accept the notion that trucks are characters. So it also lacks characters. And I am depressed by a (non)story about a truck carrying bikes. If Crews made a book called BIKE, we would be all over that shit. Bikes, as our baby says constantly, are cool. Trucks are the detritus of environmentally-devastating late Western capitalism. He doesn't actually say that, but if ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
This book has no words other than street signs and was not a huge hit with my son until he was more like 18 months old. He now really likes this book (2 years old) and each time there's something new that we discuss about the pages. ("Oh, look, the truck is leaving the dock. The truck is turning right. The truck is going in the tunnel and the bus is coming out of the tunnel"). There's always something new that we can add to the story each time we read it and it's a great book that he can "read" ...more
Elizabeth S
May 13, 2011 Elizabeth S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-picture
I tend to do better with wordless picture books the second time I read them. The first time through, I'm never sure it will continue to be wordless through the end, so I'm not sure how if I should change my reading style.

There are words to read in this book. Words on the side of trucks and words on signs, etc. First time through, I read it to my preschooler by reading all those words. She was a little confused. Second time through we made up stories and talked on each page and enjoyed it a litt
Stephanie Croaning
Young children who are fascinated by trucks will absolutely adore this book.

Using colorful geometric shapes and no words, Donald Crews has told the story of a truck hauling bicycles across the country, from the moment the cargo is loaded until it is unloaded at the other end of the journey. The bustle of traffic and the bright neon signs at night help to convey the feeling of being on board the truck.

The style of illustration combined with the wordless format make this a perfect story to develo
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