Truck Stuck

by Sallie Wolf and Andy Robert Davies

Sitting in a traffic jam is not good for tempers, but can it be good for business?... read more

Sitting in a traffic jam is not good for tempers, but can it be good for business? Two kids find a profitable way to cool down drivers when they set up a lemonade stand on a busy road. All sorts of vehicles cruise past until a big truck gets stuck under a viaduct. The ensuing bottleneck creates a cloud of swirling exhaust and a cacophony of honking horns. “Let us through—we’re stuck too! Jobs to do. Recycling truck, excavator, limousine, exterminator. All stuck. Move that truck!” Bumper to bumper, the impatient drivers aren’t going anywhere soon, but their sour attitudes are sweetened when they head to the lemonade stand to quench their thirst and converse about the gridlock. With police on the scene and a TV crew too, tension grows as tow trucks are unable get the big truck unstuck. Short, rhythmic sentences narrate the drama, and the digitally manipulated pen and ink drawings provide cheery, colorful visual clues to the storyline. In the end, a clever solution provided by the kids lets a lot of hot air out of the situation and gives new meaning to the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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