Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott – Book Review

Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott – Book Review

Want to play trucks by ann Stott

Want to Play Trucks?

Author – Ann Stott
Illustrator – Bob Graham
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 32
Released – 2nd August 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1406378238
Format – paperback, hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favorite game, of course!

Jack and Alex meet almost every morning in the sandbox at the playground. Jack likes trucks — big ones, the kind that can wreck things. Alex likes dolls — pink ones, with sparkles. And tutus. But Jack doesn’t want to play dolls, and Alex doesn’t want to play trucks.

Readers will smile at the quintessential playground squabble on display in this amusing, relatable tale from Ann Stott and Bob Graham. Luckily for Jack and Alex, the day is saved with a little bit of compromise — what about dolls who drive trucks? — and the easy acceptance that characterizes the youngest of friendships.

Not to mention a familiar jingle from nearby that reminds Jack and Alex of something else they both like: ice cream!

New one review witch 2017

Want to Play Trucks? is a short young children’s book written by renown author Ann Stott and illustrated by artist Bob Graham.

The book is about two little boys (we are not told they are boys but the illustrations to me show they are) who are playing together. Jack likes trucks and asks Alex if he wants to play trucks with him. Alex is playing dolls but agrees to play dolls that drive trucks.

The pair are having lots of fun together until it comes to the crane. Alex wants his doll in a tutu to drive, but Jack tells him dolls in tutus can’t drive cranes – I won’t tell you the outcome, but I did laugh at the reason why.

The book just shows that it doesn’t matter what toys children play with. Let boys play with dolls and girls play with cars, does it really matter. When I was younger I had a male friend who lived across the road who used to come over and play Barbie dolls with me. I never once thought that because he was happily playing with me that he must be gay, or bi etc. He’s now about 6’6″ lives with his girlfriend has three kids and is built like a bodybuilder.

Want to Play Trucks? is a very sweet children’s book that has short sentences, so perfect for new readers and has a wonderfully engaging story too.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Ann Stott

Ann Stott is a children’s book designer and the author of Always, illustrated by Matt Phelan. About I’ll Be There, she says, “It dawned on me one day that I hadn’t tied my son’s sneakers in months. I suddenly realized that there were many things that I no longer had to do for him. He was growing up.” Ann Stott lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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