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Truckdogs: A Novel in Four Bites

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Graeme Base ---whose picture books have sold millions of copies worldwide -- has turned his creative talents to writing fiction. He and Molly, his Labrador friend and collaborator on this project, have written a dog story of epic proportions. In a far-off desert world, evolution has taken an unexpected turn. The dominant life form is a creature covered in fur with steel pa ...more
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2003)
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Anna Davidson
May 21, 2016 Anna Davidson rated it liked it
A fun book with a sound good vs evil storyline. A story where the main characters are an unbelievable cross between cars and dogs isn't normally up my alley, but this was enjoyable nonetheless. Looking forward to comparing notes with the students in my class who have read this one.
Adrian
Sep 05, 2015 Adrian rated it really liked it
Graeme Base is amazing as an illustrator so I was wary of a book from him that was more novel than graphics. At $1.75 for a near perfect copy from a local op shop I couldn't go wrong though, and as soon as I got it home the young boy grabbed it from me and read it from cover to cover several times.
Ronni
Sep 01, 2014 Ronni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great, fun story for kids. A bit of bit of excitement. A bit of danger! Nothing over the top. Loved it. I'm guessing for kids from about 9+ Especially boys who like dogs and cars. Lots of fun.
Matthew Quinones
Jun 09, 2013 Matthew Quinones rated it it was ok
Truck Dogs was kind of a a good book, isn't one I would recommend to anyone over 11. The book is about a town of dogs who are also cars and other types of automobiles. The main character is named Sparky and his good quiet life in his town gets turned upside down when the evil RottWheeler gang takes over his town and throws Sparky and his friends out into the desert to die. Sparky and the gang need to get back to the village before he RottWheeler gang takes over and hurts the people. The book is ...more
Jbrown
Jul 24, 2011 Jbrown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Truckdogs is a book that has some interesting characters in it. In a far off desert world there are new creations of animals. All of the characters are half dog and half truck, car, etc. All of the dogs are best friends. Almost every 8 pages there is a profile of a dog that you meet in the previous chapter. There are four parts in the book, Bite 1, Bite 2, Bite 3 and Bite 4. It is a very fun book to read. This story is how the creatures of that planet was saved by the most young and most unlikel ...more
Leslie Fisher
Aug 22, 2014 Leslie Fisher rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
I love Graeme Base's books, but this one just didn't do it for me. The concept of truck/dog hybrids seems like it would appeal to little kids, but the book's storyline doesn't appeal to kids - the subject matter seems to be more mature.
Alex
Jul 15, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
Trucks and dogs are the best of friends in real life - And come together in a unique and fun way in this book. I loved it from the fist time I picked it up and have visited it's pages frequently ever since. Sparky is the best kind of hero - Fun, excitable, brave and bouncy he's delightful in every way. Every character, from the cautious Mrs. Mayor to Clutch adds an extra level of depth to the story and none of them are hatable or boring. Purely a funny, witty story which you can't help but love ...more
Farhan Attamimi
Oct 30, 2007 Farhan Attamimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grade 3-5 students
I think I read this book in the third grade and i found it interesting at that time when you are more creative. But when you are getting older it seems less interesting to you because you think it becomes stupid or dumb because you know that nothing like this would ever happen. Anyways the book is about dogs that are trucks, obviously. If i remember correctly there were a few gangs so it made it more interesting and theres a sort of fight at the end and thats about all i remember.
Misty
Apr 17, 2010 Misty added it
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what a concept! mix trucks and dogs (and also truck/bugs, trucks/sheep, etc). illustrate the book beautifully, and it's a real winner! of course the boys are fascinated.
Julie
Jan 28, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
Way before Pixar's Cars movie, Graeme Base was kind of wondering about the secret life of cars... but his cars were dog-car hybrids!!! Cooler than Cool-- Ka-Chow!
Peter
Apr 13, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it
Graeme Base is one of my most respected artists His style is detailed yet playful, and this book is so much fun!
William
Sep 13, 2013 William rated it liked it
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The kids did not survive this one. I read the last half on my own.
Athena
Mar 30, 2012 Athena rated it really liked it
This is a very bizarre book. I kind of liked it. :)
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Graeme Rowland Base is a successful Australian author and artist of picture books that have been sold internationally. He is perhaps best known for his second book, Animalia published in 1986, and third book The Eleventh Hour which was released in 1989.
He was born in England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived there ever since. He attended Box Hill High School
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