Truck, Truck, Goose written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Zoe Waring is an adorable picture book suitable for emergent readers. I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know the author personally at SCBWI meetings, so I learned a little more background behind the story directly from her.
She explained her desire to write a book in which even the earliest readers could read on their own. Simple text, sure. But I can just imagine his proud look as Luke finishes a whole book all by himself.
The book relies mostly on the illustrations to drive the story. Goose packs a picnic for himself (he seems to carry out his entire house’s contents), and he sets up in a very inconsiderate location as traffic gets backed up. The laid back main character fixes his mess AND gets everyone back in a good mood with a little help from the ice cream man. All sorts of specialized trucks are represented in the illustrations: tow, fire, moving, dump, cement, semi, monster, trash, etc. I’m sure your little one will pour over the detailed pictures finding those differences.
Some background on the background (see what I did there?): I used my grandpa’s old Ford truck. While brainstorming in front of Luke’s library, I knew right away I wanted to use an actual truck. Happy coincidence the book cover matched fairly well!
What was your child’s first book he/she read solo? What about first spoken words? I swear Luke says “mama”, but he’s just asking for milk.