In fact, whenever Mikey gets his hands on one of three books we are rolling our eyes and wondering why we didn't donate the books while they were out of vogue. "Working Hard with the Mighty Loader," "I'm A Great Big Monster Truck," and "If I Had a Bulldozer" are just no good. The stories aren't interesting or written all that well. The images are OK but pale in comparison to Catrow's, Lovelock's and McElmurry's illustrations. Sometimes I wonder if the books were written just to have a child lust after a novel-looking truck to add to his collection of toys. Indeed, one of our most-used toys is the Tonka Trencher...it matches the image in the Tonka book perfectly! Nevertheless, we find ourselves re-reading these books with our child because it is truly delightful to see his eyes light up and to hear him exclaim about something new he's thought of this time around.
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