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The Road That Trucks Built

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Join the ride as a team of adorable vehicles work together to build a new road in this fresh, cement-mixing spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.”

This is the traffic that’s moving too slow.
Cars and buses have nowhere to go.
What is the answer?
I’m guessing you know.
The trucks need to build a new road!

Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are ha
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Little Simon
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT by Susanna Leonard Hill is roaring to a book store near you next Tuesday, July 25, 2017, to be exact. From the fun, interactive cover that reveals all sorts of "movers," to bright, upbeat rhyme, young readers and their parents will enjoy this picture book again and again. We're introduced to all sorts of trucks: bull dozers, scrapers, graders, and even the paint marker. The cumulative tale and guide to the featured trucks add another layer to Susanna's newest. Vroom, v ...more
Cindy Schrauben
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susanna Leonard Hill has created a treasure trove of construction vehicles in THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT. This cumulative tale paves the way to a basic grasp of the vehicles involved in road construction - perfect for the preschool to early ed set. The fun rhythm and rhyme suck the reader in and allow even the youngest tot to use their prediction skills and to remember what task each truck performs. From the interactive cover to the guide in the back, Erica Sirotich's enchanting illustrations br ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I expected to enjoy this book. I am a Susanna Leonard Hill fan. I offered to write a review. However, I was not prepared for how MUCH fun it would be! From the interactive cover with spinning truck wheel to the positively adorable illustrations to the clever parody of an old favorite that manages to be both informational and entertaining at the same time, this book is a winner! Seriously, you will want plush versions of these super cute busy vehicles so you can act out the story with your little ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I confess to being a fan of Susanna Hill’s books (her Phyllis the groundhog books and “Can’t Sleep Without Sheep” are among my favorites), but “The Road That Trucks Built” actually made me squeal like a toddler. Everything about it is so perfect -- from the turn-able wheel of roads that is cleverly incorporated into the cover, to the delightful and well-done rhyme, to the fact that, like a wheel, the story goes up and around one way, and then circles back brilliantly to the beginning. I really w ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-books
Cute book for toddlers and preschoolers about which trucks do which jobs in building a road.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Your little truck lovers will reach for Susanna Leonard Hill’s, The Road That Trucks Built, again and again. The book’s engaging rhymes are a pleasure to read aloud as you discover which trucks, like the roller and line painter, specialize in road building and what jobs they perform. To add to the fun, the front cover has a rotating dial that highlights the various trucks.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. I love the creative cover with the spinning wheel, showcasing the various types of trucks. Both the story and art are sweet and fun. The book is educational, even for adults! It charmingly teaches about the various types of trucks needed and used to build a road. I especially liked the repetition and the guide at the end which reinforced what the reader had learned about the different trucks and what they do. The Road That Trucks Built is a delightful book! I can't wait ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fans of BOB THE BUILDER will love this adorable book. Susanna Hill's lively, cumulative text takes little ones through the process of road building, introducing them to the various trucks involved. Erica Sirotich's illustrations are precious. Children will love playing with the interactive cover, and perusing the guide to the trucks in the back. This is the perfect addition to your personal library for any truck-loving kid. ...more
Suzy Leopold
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every 4-7 year old will delight in this picture book written by the one and only, Susanna Leonard Hill. Every little one will enjoy learning about the many trucks needed to build a new road. The story line is engaging, complete with short, rhyming sentences that will have kids asking to read the story again and again. The illustrations by Erica Sirotich are bright and colorful. There is much to like about this picture book; from the rotating cover, to the endpapers, to the eyes depicted on each ...more
Janie Reinart
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grab your yellow hard hat and get in gear for a great ride. The Road That Trucks Built by Susanna Leonard Hill steers young rig lovers through the sequence of steps for building a road. Readers will be up to speed on the team work needed to make things roll along on this construction project. More fun follows as you drive back in the story to how it all started. Charming rhyme, illustrations, and end papers make this a favorite for little ones on the go.
Aileen Stewart
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a review copy and my five year old nephew just happened to be visiting that day, so I read it to him. He loved turning the dial on the cover to see the different trucks and he enjoyed the story. We both particularly liked the little worker birds throughout the illustrations. This book is beautifully told in rhyme and gives kids a basic idea of how a road gets built. I recommend this book for all kids ages three to six!
Gregory Bray
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since reading this, my son can now point out all the different construction vehicles and what they do.
Lynn  Davidson
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though The Road That Trucks Built, illustrated by Erica Sirotich, is about trucks, this is a book that will appeal not only to little boys.

The first thing you’ll notice is the wonderful design (by Chani Yammer, as noted on the back cover) that allows the child to view each type of truck as it’s introduced in the story by turning a wheel that’s part of the front cover and tucked inside it. It’s not flimsy, either, but sturdy like the solid part of the covers. And it looks like a truck tire.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Excellent for a trucks or construction storytime! Wonderful, colorful illustrations that are kid-friendly, with lots of challenging words that truck-lovers are sure to know and share.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book with a moving wheel on the cover. Shows the vehicles that build roads from the bulldozer, grader, paver, roller, and paint marker in rhyme. Little kids would love this and the tactile cover.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Great for construction-loving kiddos or storytime.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Love it! Great for construction storytime.
Candy | Evianrei
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Very interesting cover! The trucks spin around. Read this to my 11 month old who was mildly interested in the images. He's a big fan of construction vehicles which is why I chose this at the local library. Didn't seem to capture his attention as much as some of his other favorite books though. A very cute and simple book about what sort of trucks build roads, what they are called, and what their specific jobs are. ...more
Not extremely brilliant. But the cover is fun and it has trucks with their names and roles. And one could learn a teeny bit about road building. SS loves all trucks even if all of them are called tractors. Just trying to give him a variety to increase his love of books and see what they can offer. We'll see how this one goes across. ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
Story Time

Ages: 2-3

Theme: Transportation/Things that Go

I really liked this one. Repetitive (...for the road that trucks built. was on pretty much every page), but not boring. It went through each of the machines and what they did as they built a road, and then went back through it all.
Laura Salas
What a cute way to show the process of building a road! Combine facts, rhyme, teamwork, charming construction equipment, and a cumulative story with a refrain kids can shout out--boom, a winner! I especially love the pictorial backmatter--great for people like me who don't know much about trucks. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm two years old and I love this book! The pictures are bright, the trucks are cute and friendly looking, and the cover has a wheel that rotates and is so fun to play with! ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books-2
Very informative and sure to please your transportation lovers. Plus it has an awesome spinning wheel on the front cover (don't worry-it actually seems really sturdy). ...more
Francis S. Poesy
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A cute and simple book about the process of road building appropriate for any reader who can't get enough stories about heavy equipment. ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are amazing! It was interesting especially if you like trucks. I liked learning the different names.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: over-2018, kids
I wish instead of building a new road to alleviate the congestion the trucks encouraged the drivers to ride their bikes or take public transportation.
Viviane Elbee
This book is great for toddlers and preschoolers who love trucks and construction!
The cover with the wheel that you can spin is a lot of fun. It seems relatively sturdy.
Kids enjoyed this one.
This was cute, and the rhyme didn't feel too forced. I would recommend it to toddlers and pre-schoolers who love trucks and construction. The illustrations are bright and cheery. ...more
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