My Big Truck Book is a huge colourful board book. It shows you pretty much every kind of truck you could possibly think of, and much more besides. Even as a grown up, I never realised just how many different types of tractor there are! Two-year-old Pierre has been looking at it non-stop since it arrived and I’ve noticed that, unlike many books where he just flips through the pages without really even looking at them, he spends several moments on each page really looking at the pictures.
I think this is partly because he recognises some of the vehicles he has in his toy garage but also because the book is absolutely packed with big, bright, colourful photos. Below each photo is the name of the type of truck and at the bottom of each page there is one simple question to make your little learners really look at the pages and think about what they are seeing.
The only thing that may possibly annoy some people is that all of the vehicles in the photographs are American so British youngsters may not recognise the fire trucks, school buses and post vans that they see in real life. This certainly didn’t seem to bother Pierre though and, as kids get older, could even be seen as a plus point as it will widen their knowledge and show them parts of a country and culture they may be unfamiliar with.
Once again, I was impressed with the low price for a really high quality book. The hardback cover is sturdy and withstands a lot of rough handling and they’ve even thought to make the corners rounded to avoid injury when your little reader inevitably bashes himself in the face when turning the pages!
There is a gold badge on the front of the book, proudly announcing that over 1 million copies have been sold since the original publication. It only contains ten pages but as they are so big, there is a lot packed on each page so it’s a book that Pierre comes back to over and over again.
Review by Cheryl, St Pol sur Mer, France
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