Benny the Breakdown Truck pulls Jack Tractor from the mud, frees Carmen Gear from beneath a load of logs, and pulls Roland Royce out of the snow after the stubborn car refuses antifreeze.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?The characters from Ludlow and Smax's Benny the Breakdown Truck (Crown, 1994) are back. In these five stories, Benny pulls Jack Tractor from a duck pond; earns the gratitude of the "lovely" Carmen Gear after an accident; rescues Roland Royce during a storm; saves a naughty blue motorcycle from a cement disaster; and finds a much-needed engine part for Francis Ford Popular. Engagingly written with enough action and humor to hold the attention of young listeners, the text is also filled with vocabulary that will appeal to young mechanics everywhere. The large print is balanced by colorful, expressive illustrations and set off by generous white borders that give the layout a crisp, cheerful appearance. The vehicles' personalities and emotions are visible in their facial features, which are whimsically incorporated into their front ends and headlights. This title can be read aloud or used as a simple chapter book for beginning readers. Libraries in which truck/automotive titles are in demand will want to park Jack Tractor on their shelves.?Maura Bresnahan, Topsfield Town Library, MA
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Ages 4^-7. With a "retro" look reminiscent of the forties, this British import features human characters who are on speaking terms with talking vehicles such as Benny the Breakdown Truck, Alfie Romeo, Francis Ford Popular, and Morton, "the naughty blue motorcycle." Despite the title, Jack Tractor takes part in only one of the five adventures; it's Benny, the helpful, levelheaded tow truck from Benny the Breakdown Truck (1994), who comes to the rescue in each episode. The title page features labeled paintings of mechanic's tools, and the endpapers carry a map of the town and countryside around Smallbill's Garage. Large type makes the story accessible to young readers. Not every child (or parent) will take to the stories, but those who do will find something appealing in the old-fashioned look and innocent charm of the characters and the artwork. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110517709112
Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0517709112