Best-selling picture book Graeme Base's first-ever novel now available in paperback!
In a far-off desert world, evolution has taken an unexpected turn. The dominant life form is a creature covered in fur with steel panels beneath. It gnaws at bones and sniffs lampposts but fills up on oil, brake fluid, and gasoline to keep running. This is the world of TruckDogs, a fast-paced, futuristic adventure story from million-copy best-selling picture book Graeme Base. It also features sixteen of his full-color illustrations and details of all kinds of crazy machines and gadgets to attract even reluctant readers, especially now that it's priced for paperback. AUTHOR BIO: Graeme Base is the author of a number of best-selling children's picture books, including Jungle Drums. This is his first novel. He lives in Australia. Molly, his Labrador friend, lives there, too. They spend a lot of time roaming through the Australian outback, a terrain remarkably similar to the setting of this book.
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In a far-off desert world remarkably similar to outback Australia, evolution has taken an unexpected turn. The dominant life form is a creature covered in fur but with living steel panels beneath. It gnaws on bones and sniffs lamp posts but fills up on oil, brake fluid and petrol. And it's wonderfully clever with its wheels and wing mirrors - able to do just about anything, in fact - which is lucky since it hasn't got any arms or legs. It's an animal with an engine. Or is it a car with floppy ears and a wet nose? This is the world of TruckDogs.Review:
Beloved Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base of Animalia, and Eleventh Hour fame tries his hand at writing something longer--"a novel in four bites"--but with mixed results.
Set in the imaginary outback world of the TruckDog (a wild evolutionary hybrid that's either "an animal with an engine" or "a car with floppy ears and a wet nose"), Base's story starts out promisingly weird, but then promptly chases its tail in overcomplicated exposition and character development. Kids will probably take to the notion of a fuel-tanker dachshund or a drag-racer greyhound initially (they'll certainly pore over the 16 full-color plates illustrating various TruckDog "breeds"), but that attention will likely fade one-hundred pages into the convoluted and prosaic story about a town that needs to focus its bored, boisterous youth to fight off a gang of bandits.
Kids will likely love TruckDogs's rough-and-tumble descriptions, "Behind them stood a huge, snorting beast, solid muscle and steel, cruelly curved horns mounted above massive bony fenders: the TruckRam from hell." However, don't be surprised if disinterested young readers go tearing off mid-story to concoct TruckDog dramas of their own. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
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