|Book||JE MILUSICH, JANICE||Children's JE Fiction-Picture Books|
How do cars and trucks go to sleep? As the sun sets and the buzz of the city changes to a hum, a yellow taxi picks up a fare. Traveling through the streets, it passes different types of vehicles finishing their workday. A red pumper truck has been putting out fires. A green dump truck has been hauling dirt. A police car has been helping to keep the city safe. But each vehicle must end its busy day. Off go their engines, click. Off go their lights. Janice Milusich’s sweet bedtime story, accompanied by David Gordon’s masterful city scenes, is the perfect way to slow down a little one’s engine.
At sunset, a yellow taxi picks up a boy and his mother. As they ride through the city, they see one vehicle after another settling in for the night: a red fire truck, a green dump truck, a brown delivery van, a black-and-white police car, and a blue ice-cream truck. After their ride is done, the driver parks his taxi and the mother puts the boy to bed. While the text is longer than a toddler might like, a slightly older truck fan will enjoy the level of detail in the text as well as the nicely cadenced refrain that ends each section of the story. The illustrator of Jon Scieszka's Smash! Crash! (2008) and his own The Ugly Truckling (2004), Gordon brings a dynamic sensibility to illustrating cars and trucks. Though not wildly animated, the vehicles have changeable, eye-like headlights and mouths that express their emotions. The well-constructed, ever-changing cityscape gives complexity to the background of this attractive picture book.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-Soft pastel shades and long shadows indicate that the day is ending, as a mother and son hail a taxi to go home. As they drive through darkening streets, the city slows down around them. One by one, the vehicles they pass-a red pumper truck, a dump truck, a delivery van, a police car, an ice-cream truck, and finally the taxi itself-finish the day's work, reach their final destinations, and park for the night: "Off goes its engine./Click./Off go its lights./Good night...good night." It's also time for the boy to settle down, turn off his light, and go to sleep, clutching his toy truck. The simple rhyming text induces listeners to relax and become sleepy. The busy, realistic illustrations are visually entertaining and yet calming. Vehicles, pets, and people all wear slight smiles as if they are looking forward to winding down after a long day.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.