Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Pick of the Week: Jon Scieszka's Trucktown Smash! Crash!

Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka, created by David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon (Simon and Schuster, 2008)

Trucks are one of those timeless, childhood fascinations little boys -- and girls! -- enjoy. Librarians serving children are very familiar with the constant demand for truck books. So when Jon Scieszka, the author of popular children's books including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs) teamed up with author/illustrator David Shannon (No David!), illustrator Loren Long (The Toy Boat), and author/illustrator David Gordon (The Three Little Rigs) to create a series of books all about trucks, truck fans had something to be excited about!

In Smash! Crash! Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan are the best of friends - and known for their love of smashing things. When they meet Wrecking Crane Rosie, though, they become worried - will they still be able to have some smashing good fun?

Jon Scieszka is a big proponent of getting children, especially boys, excited about reading. Recently named the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress, Mr. Scieszka is also the founder of, a site devoted to connecting boys with books they'll love.

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