Race from A to Z

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About The Book

Like the New York Times bestselling Smash! Crash! and Truckery Rhymes, this truck-tastic alphabet adventure is full of creativity, fun, and truck-loving action!

Honk if you love trucks—and get ready to play with your As, Bs, and construction Cs! This rollicking, boisterous, bold, concept picture book features your favorite Trucktown friends as they race around town, pointing out quirky items and actions that incorporate all the letters of the alphabet. Rev your engines and get ready for rowdy fun from A to Z!

About The Author
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Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.

About The Illustrator
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David Shannon has written and illustrated numerous award winning picture books including Duck on a Bike, the Caldecott Honor Book No David!, How I Learned to be a Pirate, and Good Boy Fergus. He is also one of the collaborative illustrators in Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series.  David lives with his wife and his daughter in Los Angeles.

Photograph © Helen Adams

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus; Love by Matt de la Peña; and If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano. He also wrote and illustrated the Otis series and was part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

Photograph courtesy of the author

David Gordon has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 2014)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416941361
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD500L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

“Clever fun, swooshing with motion and energy, this latest in the series will keep readers racing their engines for more”

– Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2014

“Once again Scieszka and crew really bring the noise…A fine alternative"

– Booklist, September 15, 2014

"Trucktown fans will welcome this latest addition to the series....Vehicles with lots of personality, bright artwork, and an action-packed story will make this title a favorite for truck-loving youngsters"

– School Library Journal, October 2014

Awards and Honors
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
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