We went drivin’ at the library the other day. In a big rig! Our buddy C picked out this cool book about a truck driving dad.


The book is titled DRIVE and was written and illustrated by Nathan Clement. It was published by Front Street in 2008.

C loved this book! I wasn’t quite into it. It was all about BIG. Big soft illustrations that were kind of hard for me to make out. But after the 2nd and 3rd reading, it all made sense to me. A little boy tells the story of Dad going off to work before the boy wakes up. The 1st page has a picture of a giant alarm clock and a kid’s head with a BIG truck outside the window. Dad drives to work. He drives at work. One picture is a close up of Dad inside the truck. It’s just his arm on the gearshift. We see Dad driving down the highway saying hello to other cars. He fills up with gas and drives home to play ball with the boy. Like I said, C loved this book. His favorite part was when Dad stopped at the truck stop for dinner!

So then we read a book called Truck Stop by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Melissa Iwai. It was published by Viking in 2013.

IMG_2142This story was also told by a little boy. But this boy’s family owned the truck stop where the truck drivers came to eat. The truck stop family got up before the sun, just like the truck driver Dad. They drove to the truck stop to make breakfast for all the truckers. The same truckers came every morning. It was like a big family. They all knew each other and looked out for each other. There was even a girl driver! They all drove different kinds of trucks and had different stuff for breakfast. I liked this book best. It is full of happy people. Happy people taking care of each other.

Have you ever been to a truck stop? Have you ever been in one of those big trucks? I’ve been to a truck stop. They are full of lots of interesting smells and friendly people. I’ve never been on a big truck though. We have a lot of them always coming through our town. They make a lot of noise.

But if you like trucks, you should check out these books. They are both pretty unique.

Mr Clement has a great website with videos and activities and a look at how he does his artwork! Check it out here.

And Ms Iwai has some fun things on her website as well!

And here’s a little trucking music for you —

Be safe while you’re driving out there! And say Hi to the truckers!

11 thoughts on “Drivin’

  1. My son also loves the books about trucks…and cars. Not my daughter though! She wants books about princesses or tea parties, like Fancy Nancy has! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I wonder why that is? I don’t think that dogs have gender specific likes and dislikes. I find that interesting. And I know it’s true. Our princesses love all that princess stuff and like to dress me up. Our boys don’t go for that at all. Well, your boy will certainly go for these books. And your girl might like the truck stop book. It has a girl trucker!

      • It’s actually quite interesting. The two are close in age, so they’ve always had access to the same toys in the play areas of the house. It’s quite interesting what genres they gravitate to without prompting. It seems like we have checked out that truck stop book, but we may have to do so again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Road trip! Yes! Summer seems to be the time of year that people like to go on road trips to far away places. I go on little road trips just about every day, but I’m hoping for a long one to the beach.

    • These are some good books! I think driving a truck would be a fun job. But hard! and kind of lonesome? Does he have a buddy to keep him company? Does he listen to audio books? Or listen to music and sing?

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