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The Spooky Tire (Jon Scieszka's Trucktown)

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Trucktown gets spooky just in time for Halloween.

Rev your engines for another Ready-to-Roll in the New York Times bestselling program!

Melvin has a flat tire. When he rolls into a spooky graveyard, he finds just what he needs: a new golden one. But as soon as he puts it on, he hears a spooky voice calling after him, “Who took my golden tire?” Melvin speeds home and hides u
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Simon Spotlight (first published January 1st 2009)
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I love the Ready to Roll books, not all the board books are good or good for libraries, but the reader series is ideal. It provides print motivation, because kids who love cars or the movie Cars will want to know what happens, and the words are presented in new and interesting ways. This installment is clever, and a little scary, but kids will enjoy laughing at the truck who is scared when it isn't really something to be afraid of.
I appreciate this one mainly because it's an easy-reader with some personality. With CC in the learning to read phase, some of these easy-readers she brings home leave a lot to be desired...this one was much easier to listen to four times in a row.
I wasn't a big fan of this book. I thought the illustrations were nice, but I kind of wanted more variety in the plot and pictures. I felt like one line was repeated so many times it stopped being meaningful. I also thought the ending could have used a little tweaking - I got the sentiments, but I wanted the text to be more specific. I wouldn't recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Melvin has a flat tire and takes a golden tire from the junkyard to replace it. A mysterious voice then chases him home, demanding to know who took the golden tire. Melvin reacts as you think Melvin wood. Not as good as the others in the Turcktown series.
So good! Hits all the children's Halloween book tropes, but I didn't quite get the ending. Is he running away?
Mikey likes it. In fact, it thrills his little almost-4-yr-old being, and has to be read over and over. I borrowed a copy from the library but have already ordered a copy for the family library.
Better than Snow Trucking......but there are better children't series out there.
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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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  • Truckery Rhymes
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  • Melvin's Valentine
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