With Any Luck, I'll Drive a Truck

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Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Rhyming text and trucks galore make natural kid pleaser.

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Educational Value

Lots of information about trucks and their various functions. Types of trucks and their names. Action verbs such as "baling," "plowing," "steering."

Positive Messages

Kids can aspire to the things they want to do later. It's fun and helpful to play at adult roles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The boy narrator is confident of his skills and powers, even though he can't yet actually drive trucks. He uses his imagination, playing at what he wants to learn when he's older.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that With Any Luck, I'll Drive a Truck, by David Friend and Michael Rex, is a fun rhyming story with enough trucks to satisfy even the most demanding young truck lover. A young boy describes the trucks he's learned to drive each year since he's been 2, including emergency vehicles and construction and farm trucks. At the end, he admits that he might actually learn to drive the trucks "when I turn 10, or maybe twice the age as then," and we see him on his bedroom floor playing with those same trucks pictured as toys. The text provides names and functions of specific trucks. 

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What's the story?

In WITH ANY LUCK, I'LL DRIVE A TRUCK, a 7-year-old boy describes the various trucks he's learned to drive each year since he was 2. He runs through the roster, which includes construction trucks such as a concrete mixer, backhoe, and bulldozer, some farm trucks such as a combine and plow, and a fire engine. Though the art shows him as a kid driving and maneuvering the trucks with the help of his three animal friends, by the end of the book the trucks are revealed to be toys on his bedroom floor and the animal friends his stuffed animals. The last page shows what he aspires to be, a grown-up truck driver at the wheel of a big rig.

Is it any good?

Working trucks barrel across the pages as a young boy imagines he's driving them and operating their heavy machinery, while the book tells his story in easy-breezy rhyme and bold, bright art. The narrator describes all types of trucks, from farm to construction site, and the art pictures the trucks doing their heavy work. Introduces kids to types and names of trucks, and action verbs used to describe the work, for instance, plowing and baling.

The fun twist at the end -- that the boy hasn't actually been driving the big rigs but playing with toy trucks on his bedroom floor -- underscores the value of play, implicitly supporting the oft-quoted Montessori proposition that "play is the work of the child." This is a perfect choice for the legions of truck-obsessed young kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about trucks. How many can you name? What jobs do they do?

  • What's the surprise at the end of the story? Can you find the boy's helpers on the last page?

  • What job do you want to do when you're older? Do you like to pretend you're doing it now?

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