The Road That Trucks Built – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Call me sentimental, but when Susanna Leonard Hill’s “The Road That Truck Built” arrived in the mail, I sat down with my now-13-yr-old son and read it immediately. THIS book would have been his go-to for every bedtime, snack time, every-waking-moment-time until it fell apart. And then we would have bought another. Not only is the heavy cover kid-friendly, it moves!

And then the construction-cone end papers:

And the perfect opening rhyme that leads kids to turn the page:

“This is the traffic that’s moving too slow. 

Cars and buses have nowhere to go. 

What is the answer?

I’m guessing you know…..”

Little Simon calls the book “a cement-mixing spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The House That Jack Built.” And it is! Great for showing how road-building is a group effort, your little construction crew will be “reading” this one in no time.

There’s even age-appropriate back matter, identifying the stars of the construction show:

It’s a terrific group read aloud or a snazzy snuggle book for a single small construction supervisor. I’m thinking about all those years I snuggled with mine. Sniffle….sniffle…

Title: The Road That Trucks Built

Author: Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrator: Erica Sirotich

Publisher: Little Simon, 2017

ISBN: 978-1481495462

Target age group: Preschool

Here’s a link to Susanna’s page of coloring activities for all of Susanna’s new books:

Video Song credit: Hard Workin’ Truck by James Coffey, available on the album Lots & Lots of Trucks

22 thoughts on “The Road That Trucks Built – Perfect Picture Book Friday

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        For sure. My college son is transferring to a new university and will no longer be close enough to come home on the weekend. My youngest is a senior in high school. Not sure how that happened!

      • Clanmother says:

        I agree. Today I wished my son all the best as he begins his next journey Masters in Environmental Resource Management. I remember when we used to follow garbage trucks to find out what they did with the waste. Now he is researching how to turn that waste into energy. Life unfolds in remarkable ways. I enjoy following your blog! Have a great weekend.

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Oh my goodness! I am so honored that you chose TRUCKS for a Perfect Picture Book, Jilanne, and so touched by your lovely review! Also, impressed that you thought to video the moving wheel on the cover! Why on earth didn’t I think of that???!!! Thank you so much for sharing my little book! (And I miss that cuddle time too! Luckily I get a little now and then these days with my granddaughters 🙂 )

  2. mona861 says:

    Congratulations, Susanna! This looks like such a fun book. Somehow, I think the kids that love trucks and wheels and things won’t let story time be quiet time with this one! Love it.

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