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Five Trucks

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Trucks of different shapes and sizes share one important purpose in this classic picture book from the bestselling creator of Moonshot and Locomotive.

You have hurried
to be to time.

You look now
through a window
and see five trucks.

They are hurrying, too.

Where are they going?

Five drivers
for five trucks—
each has a job to do.

They hurry to be on time.

And then
they see y
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published March 15th 1999)
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A sure fire hit for transportation/truck enthusiasts (you know who they are!)

Five trucks at an airport . . . make it possible for one airplane to take off.

Text counts up to five, describing each truck, then counts backward. As it counts down, a small label at the bottom of the page notes what kind of truck it is, which is great for children who love to name things.

Text is short enough and pictures large enough to make it great for preschool storytime sharing.

(originally published in 1999)
Denis Vukosav
‘Five Trucks’ written and illustrated by Brian Floca, the author of well-known ‘Locomotive’ with which he won Caldecott Medal this year, is children book that provides new perspective about the vehicles that are used on an airport, especially on the five trucks that are required to prepare plane for takeoff.

These special five – push out tractor, tractor with baggage carts, baggage conveyor, tractor for the mechanic and catering truck – are one by one introduced and their functions are described.
Nicole Marzan
Five Trucks by Brian Floca is a very simple story about five different trucks and the different purposes they serve. The story also shows the different drivers of the trucks. All these trucks work together at an airport and are responsible for an airplane. Without the work of these trucks, the airplane would not have a successful takeoff.

The book does a good job at showing the different types of trucks at the airport and the tasks that they do in order for a plane to be able to takeoff. The ill
With an incredible eye for detail and gorgeous watercolors, author and illustrator Brian Floca really delivers with Five Trucks. From push out-tractors to baggage conveyors, this book reveals a lot of the hidden infrastructure of the airport. In addition to showing and naming five different trucks, this book has a nice framing story of a little boy taking a trip with his Papa and does an excellent job of showing diversity among the airport workers.

As an added bonus, there are subtle rewards in t
Bambini Travel
FIVE TRUCKS is the story of the trucks that prepare the airplane for take off. It describes how they pack on the luggage, load the food, check the wheels, and move the airplane into position. We are huge Brian Floca fans. Locomotive and Lightship are two of our all time favorite books. Floca is a master at taking beloved transportation themes and finding unique approaches for presenting them. His brief text and beautiful illustrations make these the perfect reads for young children. They entice ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Brian Floca brings a new view of the workings of an airport by focusing on five trucks that play a role in preparing a passenger plane for takeoff. The catering truck, tractor with baggage carts, baggage conveyor, tractor, and push-out tractor are introduced first by the kind of movement they perform, then given their names and depicted carrying out their job.

The illustrations are really the appeal of this book. Floca's drawings are characterized by simple lines, but they have more detail than B
Five Trucks by Brian Floca looks at five trucks whose drivers are first introduced, then each truck and its function is described. Readers soon realize that all are used at an airport, working to get passenger airplanes ready for takeoff.

Readers and listeners get more details about the workings of an airport as the five trucks and their drivers do their jobs. The five trucks are the push out tractor, the tractor for the mechanic, the baggage conveyor, the baggage cart tractor, and the catering
Becky B
Five very special trucks get ready and then do their jobs at the airport.

Readers who don't frequent airports quite as much as I do (which is a lot, since I live overseas) may not recognize these trucks as readily and can try to guess what each truck is used for. A very unique vehicle book, as these are vehicles with super specialized purposes. The text is very simple and short, perfect for young readers who are just learning their numbers and like things that go.
In this picture book children learn about the trucks used to get an airplane ready for take off at an airport. Using ordinal numbers the story describes each truck, tells what it is used for and names it. With only one large print sentence or less per page this is perfect for young children. The ink line and watercolor illustrations include women drivers and a man of color. Boys will probably like this one.
Thank you Brian Floca for writing a truck book that isn't about construction equipment! Geez, those are a dime a dozen. This book takes a brief look at 5 trucks that are used at airports. So, it's great for kids obsessed with trucks and those interested in the workings of an airport. And it doesn't end with the obligatory playground that has just been built by all of those ubiquitous construction trucks.

This was a nice short book on the trucks that make the airport work. I didn't find the book groundbreaking, or a must have, but children who are touched by airports will especially enjoy this. I can think of my nephew whose dad frequently travels, or children of pilots who would enjoy this book. It's cute with simple illustrations.

Borrow it from the library first.
This is a good book for children that are interested in airports and planes as well. It's a behind the scenes look at how five different trucks help to get planes ready to fly. From slow to fast, big to little, and up and down, this is a book that really lets you get the kids involved with hand gestures to mimic the story. Kids loved this one.
Mrs. Knott
I think young boys will love reading this simple text about 5 workers and the trucks they drive at the airport. Within the quick sentences, readers learn the name of the truck and the purpose it has getting the plane ready for takeoff! I love looking at Floca's illustrations. There is something so eye appealing to all of them.
Terrific on so many levels! Nice concept book about a piece of airport operations, GREAT illustrations of trucks with excellent textual choices and some wonderful funny subtle touches. Watch for the plaid suitcase and the squashed box marked fragile ;-)
When an airport worker is shown with what looks like a Dunkin Donuts cup in his hand, what's not to like about this book? The trucks are all at the airport. The text is simple and clear. Can't imagine the kids won't be excited about this book!
Heather Dent
This is by far my 3 year old son's favorite book from 2014. We've traveled by plane quite of few times this past year he is fascinated by the loading process so it came as no surprise to me when he fell in love with this book.
Lovely! Five trucks have important, unique jobs that help an airplane get ready for take off. I like the structure and parallelism in this seemingly simple picture book about 5 trucks. Recommended for preschool.
Kristina Lareau
This colorful truck book is ideal for story times and young children who just can't get enough books about vehicles. For story of its type, it has a sense of cohesiveness that was unexpected.
Karen Arendt
I love the anticipation of finding out what the five trucks are doing as well as the introduction of ordinal numbers for young children. A fun book for boys, especially, because of the trucks!
Simple text and clear pictures (with a diverse workforce!) make this a great choice for a transportation storytime. There's even a great "guess what they're doing!" plot line too!
Airport trucks are given the treatment usually reserved for the individual cars on a train. Good read aloud with watercolor illustrations for PreK-2.
Michelle Bocklage-shibata
Wonderful, whimsical and informative illustrations. Great for kids who want to know how things work and be entertained while learning.
This book was just okay for me. Although it would make a fun gift for a small child getting ready to make a trip on an airplane.
Liz Todd
Love the illustrations--LOTS to explore! Truck-lovers will enjoy. Probably for the littler crowd, though. :)
I know a dozen boys who will want to snap up this book the second I put it one the shelf. Well done.
I'd love to pair this book with NIGHTLIGHT, another plane-and-vehicle centric counting book.
David Freudenburg
This is a very simple book with large font and it would be great for toddler or baby story time.
Probably simple enough for toddlers, but not necessarily exciting enough for me.
A machine/equipment/trucks book that isn't about the usual suspects.
This is a quick read and good for baby or toddler story times. :)
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