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Zoom! Boom! Bully (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown)

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Every time the trucks try to build something, Big Rig comes along, and - ZOOM! BOOM! - knocks it down! What can they do to stop such a big bully?
Paperback, 24 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Simon Spotlight (first published June 1st 2008)
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Jennifer  Davis
My 6 year old son recently borrowed this book from our local library.

The book revolves around Big Rig. While his friends are collecting items, Big Rig comes through and knocks the items down. Ends up, they were collecting items to build him a birthday cake. They give him the cake and of course he smashes it too.

My son thought that Big Rig was really mean. Which is what the story is suppose to show him as, the bully. The bad thing is, the book just ends with no lesson that bullying is bad. It i
Jennifer Heise
In case you didn't know, Trucktown's Big Rig is a bully. He's determined to wreck everything others do... until they tell him it's all for his birthday. Then he scoops up the cake and crashes off with it.

No big moral here. Just a lot of zoom, boom... and not really enough story to satisfy.
Bonnie Jean
Sep 01, 2016 Bonnie Jean rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-picks
My 4-year-old chose this one off the shelf at the library. It's kind of a weird book. Full points forgetting his attention and holding his interest to the end. Subtracted points for having basically no real plot, and zero resolution to the conflict.
Little Kid Reaction: My boys enjoyed the book. My 4-year-old is *starting* to read, so the repetition of the words meant that he was able to recognize and read them.

Big Kid Reaction: I liked the book because the words were just right for a new reader. It was short enough that it stops before the child gets frustrated. As the mom of boys, it is definitely geared toward them (I like that) and the action is VERY exciting. However, it is a bit rough of a story (Big Rig is a BULLY, he never apologize
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Jun 12, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
This will appeal to young truck lovers of which there are many, however in this brief story (appropriate for a level one easy reader) the few words are not the ones usually found in a level one - barrel, decorates, the names Gabby and Melvin. The story is appealing - but I would have preferred language that was more accurately a level one.
Aug 25, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
I had high hopes for this. For those familiar with the characters or young beginning readers, this will do fine. But as an overall piece of reading, it holds together very loosely. It's hard to distinguish the characters, and a plain font might have been easier to read. Nevertheless, the art and author's name ensure this will generate attention!
Dec 30, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This book is funnier when read alongside BATTLE BUNNY. Which you should do.
Apr 24, 2013 Suz rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Fans of Trucktown will enjoy this story. For elementary crowds it's a bit too simplistic for use with a group, but individual students would appreciate the humor.
My boys love Jon Scieszka's Trucktown series.
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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