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Three Cheers for Kid McGear!

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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New girl truck saves boy trucks in exciting rescue tale.

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Educational Value

Shows and names all sorts of gear that Kid McGear uses to rescue two other trucks. Shows functions of the other trucks, as well. Shows how effective teamwork can be.

Positive Messages

Everyone can help, even if you're smaller and younger than others -- or a girl. Even if folks think you're too small or inexperienced to help, you can still offer help and maybe you'll get to show them your skill. You can accomplish great things if you work as a team  Everyone on a team or a crew has something special to offer. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kid McGear is enthusiastic, helpful, fearless, a good problem solver, and she doesn't give up when the crew leaves her behind. She's able to break through on a crew that, before her, was dominated by guys. A great role model for girls. The boy trucks come around after they see how much she has to offer and welcome her as a full-fledged member of the crew.

Violence & Scariness

Some peril after two trucks slide down a slippery, muddy hillside and need to be rescued.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sheri Duskey Rinker's Three Cheers for Kid McGear!, illustrated by AG Ford, is another book in the construction truck series that began with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. The big news is that this outing features the first-ever female character, Kid McGear, a skid steer truck, as the hero. She's small but mighty and loaded with gear that comes in handy in a literal cliffhanger. Well, a hillside slide, anyway: There's some peril when two trucks slide down a slippery, muddy hillside and need to be rescued. 

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What's the story?

A new, tiny, female truck rolls into the construction site in THREE CHEERS FOR KID MCGEAR! She's loaded with helpful attachments (jackhammer, grapple hooks, power driver, scoop, forklift, and more) but gets left behind with the five older big trucks go off to work. But when a couple of them fall down a slippery hillside and call for help, little Kid McGear has what it takes to rescue them. She works with a team of the other trucks to pull them out, and the whole crew finally sees her worth. The conclusion: "SIX friends in the construction yard/ big and small, all working hard .../ each one greater than they seem,/ because they're working as a team." 

Is it any good?

This empowering story of a little kid saving older, more experienced crew members, is full of excitement, suspense, and positive messages about teamwork, bravery, and problem solving. It's a refreshing example of a girl breaking into a previously all-male workplace. And Ford's glorious art in red, yellow, and orange earth tones gives a warm glow to this long, dramatic day from sun up to sunset. 

Three cheers for Three Cheers for Kid McGear! -- a triumph of girl power and gear power. It shows what you can accomplish when you have the right tools -- and the right girl -- to get the job done.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teamwork saves the day in Three Cheers for Kid McGear!  When have you worked as part of a team with other kids or grown-ups?

  • Why do you think kids like these construction site books so much? What's fun about trucks? 

  • Have you ever felt left out because you were smaller, younger, or just the new kid in a group? How did you handle that? Did the others eventually accept you? 

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