This is a well-written book about one of our essential workers we don't often see celebrated in picture books! I love hearing more stories about working-class families, and the author includes a note at the back about how she overheard the family talking and then interviewed them. This seems like a nice collaboration until we can see more working-class #OwnVoices stories. The illustrations are so cute, and preschoolers to Yr 1 kids will love this one as a classroom/library/bedtime read-aloud.
A colourful telling – of a not really brilliant story. There's a girl who loves her dad's job of driving big rigs and other trucks, gets asked about trucks at school, manages to take dad and truck on a show and tell special, becomes the flavour of the month, the end. However – this was intended to prove the purpose and vital need of trucks and truckers, and to make them a touch more friendly to the small readers perhaps scared by the huge great things thundering past their pavements. And that has certainly been done very well indeed. So even when seeming like a most inessential purchase, this succeeds, and with aplomb.
Trucker Kid tells the story of a young girl whose dad is a trucker. She talks about how it is difficult when her dad is away but she likes riding around in his truck with him. She is filled with excitement when she shows off her dad, his job and his truck to her friends and classmates. This is a good book for talking about jobs and truckers. Recommended ages 4-8
This book uses good figurative language and vocabulary about driving/truckers. It is about a girl who wants to be just like her dad. There is diversity in the illustrations. At the end of the book it also gives examples of what truckers do and why they are so important to our society.
This sweet children's book tells the story of a little girl who feels like a super hero and calls herself Trucker Kid. When her dad, who drives a semi truck, is away from home, she enjoys drawing pictures, playing with toy trucks and telling her friends stories about her dad and his amazing truck. The story also teaches about the importance of truck drivers and the impact they make in our daily lives, providing food, fuel, and other essential items to the stores and businesses in our community. The illustrations are intriguing and the font is clean and fairly large. I could definitely see my grade 3 students reading and enjoying this book independently. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-8 range, especially those who have a family member in the transport industry. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review this great book!
A big thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read "Trucker Kid".
This was a bit of an unexpected read. I wasn't quite sure where the story would go, though once it got started, I was so excited. This reminded me of "Bring Your Parent to School Day" from Elementary school. Each person would sit there thinking about how some parents jobs are really cool, really boring or just kinda meh. I am glad to see truckers being celebrated in this book. Essential workers like grocery store workers, emergency responders, healthcare professionals and truckers are foundational to how the world continues to sustain itself. To most, being a trucker may not be glamorous, it may not get you home from a 9-5, but it is an extremely important job.
I would love for kids to read this and see truckers in a different light.
This ebullient and informative book about transportation workers gives important facts about the trucking industry. Bright, cartoonlike illustrations will capture children's attention. The story of a class visit makes a great introduction to a unit of study about occupations for an elementary school, or homeschool classroom This book could also be used for a schoolwide career day.
Thank you NetGalley and Capstone Editions for accepting my request to read and review Trucker Kid.
Author: Carol Gordon Ekster
Genre: Children's Fiction
Cute, cute, cute all the way around. The illustrations are sharp, but don't take away from the well-written story.
A little girl has a dad who is an over the road truck driver. She dresses like him and one day at school is confronted. She explains why she is a Trucker's Kid. The story evolves from there in just a few short pages.
Super hero? The reader makes that decision.
Beautifully, the author leaves six things that would happen if truckers stopped rolling. This is not done in a political fashion; it is for educational purposes. The author also notes how big trucks are to her young new driver; a lesson that cannot start early enough.
I absolutely would gift this, and put in every babysitters arsenal.
This is a very cute slice-of-life book that explores the world of long-haul trucking. Athena's dad goes on the road during the week and while she misses him she thinks about his life and shares it with her friends at school. Prompted by their curiosity, the school organizes a Trucker Day where Athena's dad brings in his rig and answers their questions.
I liked all the sly nods to trucking in the text of the story. The illustrations were vivid and colorful and supported the story well. Athena's classroom is shown as very diverse, so lots of kids can see themselves in the story. This would be a great pre-k or elementary classroom read for career exploration, and, as kids are often fascinated by trucks, it would likely be a pretty popular selection!
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Trucker Kid is a book about having pride in a job. The girl in the book makes it clear to her class how cool and important her dad’s trucking job is.
This was a delightful and fun story. I'd love to gift this to my niece or nephews.
I picked out this book because the cover was a little girl and it was about trucks. I loved that it was a little girl and I was also happy to see diversity in her classroom.
My only critique is that the illustrations felt unfinished. I think they could have used one more pass for polish.
Trucker Kid is a cute story about what it is like to have a parent as a truck driver. The story does a good job promoting why we need trucks and why it is important to have truck drivers.
I like how the main character is a girl to break the stigma of truck drivers are men. The illustrations are colorful yet simple, not too overwhelming.
My spouse has always driven trucks, so many of Althena's experiences were simular to our daughter's memories. Many of our daughter's toys were trucks, which she played with outside. Many of the truck routes hanging in Althena's room were simular to the stories my daughter's dad told us and the sites he saw. There were occasions that our daughter rode in daddy's truck and Althena, loved sleeping in the bunk.
Althena's dad was unusual, since he did come home from work everyday, so he did not eat dinner with mom and Althena.. Her teacher invited Althena's dad to school and there the students were introduced to truck driving. Through that visit, the children learned that not every dad works in an office and the importance of what Althena's dad does.. Because of truck drivers, we have the food that sits on the grocery shelves and even the toys that students played with.
The book is charming and beautifully illustrated thus would be a perfect book to add to a classroom library. Thank you Carol Gordon Ekster, Russ Cox, Capstone Edition, and NetGalley for the privilege of reading and reviewing this book.
Trucker Kid was an adorable book about the daughter of a big rig truck driver. She loves trucks because her daddy drives them and one day she tells her class about it and they all get to learn about and play with one of her dad's trucks. I think this will be a hit for any kid who is into the garbage truck or construction trucks and it also has a mansion in the back about how important truck drivers are to our lifestyle and communities.
Trucker Kid by Carol Gordon Ekster was such a gorgeous read from the beautiful illustrations by Russ Cox to the story itself as we meet Athena. She is proud to be a trucker's kid and loves the work her dad does. So much so that when she gets to school, she is dressed up like a trucker and tells the kids to call her "Trucker Girl". They don't understand at first and start to make fun of her. Athena doesn't let this bother her too much and instead of withdrawing into a shell and changing her outlook on trucks. She starts to talk to her classmates about why trucks are awesome and how she's proud to be a trucker kid. Her teacher notices and asks Athena's dad to come to visit the classroom and talk more about trucks. Once he comes, the class is excited, and eventually, everyone wants to be a special Trucker Kid just like Athena. The awesome thing about this book though isn't just that it's another great picture book, but that the story is based on a real-life tale that the author had overheard at a truck stop between a little girl and her dad. The other thing I liked about the book was that it breaks down the gender stereotypes and demonstrates to readers, that girls can like and enjoy trucks as well just like boys. Trucker Kid is perfect for readers aged 4-8 years old.
I love everything about this book.
As a granddaughter of a trucker, and a daughter of a diesel mechanic.. this story is perfect. I related to how the character misses her daddy but it also so proud of the things he does. I remember being so proud to tell my friends my grandpa drove around the whole world haha.
This is an absolute must-read for those with truckers in the family!
In this children's book, Anthea loves that she is a trucker kid even though she misses her dad terribly when he goes on long truck trips. But at school, her classmates wonder why she is fascinated with trucks and why she calls herself a trucker kid. Can she persuade them into like all things trucks too?
The kids (Mr 4, Mr 5 and Miss 10) picked out this book to read and review for this week. They loved this story and they could somewhat resonate with the character Anthea, as their dad is a truck driver too (Cement Driver).
We love that it explores that being unique as in liking something different or being someone different has its qualities. It defines you and it’s something you should be proud of and not be afraid of telling people.
And also, I thought I would mention that I love that there were other diversity additions to the book such as different races, disabilities (a child in a wheelchair), children with glasses. While they weren’t mentioned individually but they were depicted in the illustrations.
At the end of the book, it explains what would happen if trucks weren’t on the road. Supplies of household goods like food, drinks, medicines, toilet paper and even mail would stop 🛑 (including the much love book mail we all love).
Thank you Netgalley and Capstone for the digital copy of Trucker Kid for reviewing purposes.
Having loved ones who are truckers, I truly appreciate this book! It's the first of its kind that I've ever personally read. So nice to see truckers being appreciated. Love it.
Very fun and informational picture book about a career that is often overlooked in the society, let alone in book genres. That's a bit strange, considering how much children likes to learn about cars and trucks during their childhood. This book ticks a lot of my picture book boxes and if available, I'd buy this as a gift for children.
I will admit to some bias, my husband is an OTR driver. This book is great, I wish this was around when my son was younger. It was sweet and gives great information on how important trucks are for the country. Great book!