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Welcome to Jon Scieszka's Trucktown, a brand-new preschool/kindergarten series that will come in more shapes, sizes, and formats than you can shake a bumper at. It's a world where all the characters are trucks, all the stories are action driven, and boys and girls can imagine themselves in all their crazy, loud, funny, creative, excited, full-throttle glory! It's a world w Welcome to Jon Scieszka's Trucktown, a brand-new preschool/kindergarten series that will come in more shapes, sizes, and formats than you can shake a bumper at. It's a world where all the characters are trucks, all the stories are action driven, and boys and girls can imagine themselves in all their crazy, loud, funny, creative, excited, full-throttle glory! It's a world where we work at play, and we play at work...and no one's afraid to get dirty or be LOUD! And it all kicks off with Smash! Crash! Best friends Jack and Dan are spending their day doing what they do best - smashing and crashing! All the while a strange shadow is following them around every corner...Who is this new addition to Trucktown? What does she want? Rhythmic, rollicking text will get kids' motors running and horns honking with each refrain! This is a book that begs to be read again and again!


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Welcome to Jon Scieszka's Trucktown, a brand-new preschool/kindergarten series that will come in more shapes, sizes, and formats than you can shake a bumper at. It's a world where all the characters are trucks, all the stories are action driven, and boys and girls can imagine themselves in all their crazy, loud, funny, creative, excited, full-throttle glory! It's a world w Welcome to Jon Scieszka's Trucktown, a brand-new preschool/kindergarten series that will come in more shapes, sizes, and formats than you can shake a bumper at. It's a world where all the characters are trucks, all the stories are action driven, and boys and girls can imagine themselves in all their crazy, loud, funny, creative, excited, full-throttle glory! It's a world where we work at play, and we play at work...and no one's afraid to get dirty or be LOUD! And it all kicks off with Smash! Crash! Best friends Jack and Dan are spending their day doing what they do best - smashing and crashing! All the while a strange shadow is following them around every corner...Who is this new addition to Trucktown? What does she want? Rhythmic, rollicking text will get kids' motors running and horns honking with each refrain! This is a book that begs to be read again and again!

30 review for Smash! Crash!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I checked this book out for my nephew who is *a boy*! He likes, trucks, he likes smashing, and crashing, he likes all of those testosterone-fueled loud, messy antics that little boys can get up to. He liked this book. A lot. There was a grin plastered on his face from beginning to end, and he informed me many times, "Amy, I like trucks," or "Amy, they are going to prash (crash) those guys!" I actually think he was sorry to see this book end! He loved it, loved it, loved it. I liked Smash!Crash! j I checked this book out for my nephew who is *a boy*! He likes, trucks, he likes smashing, and crashing, he likes all of those testosterone-fueled loud, messy antics that little boys can get up to. He liked this book. A lot. There was a grin plastered on his face from beginning to end, and he informed me many times, "Amy, I like trucks," or "Amy, they are going to prash (crash) those guys!" I actually think he was sorry to see this book end! He loved it, loved it, loved it. I liked Smash!Crash! just fine, and I especially liked that my nephew liked it. I just have had a little trouble with the construction of the text in the last two Jon Scieszka books that we've read. Unlike Robot Zot, Smash!Crash! wasn't difficult to read, but there were times when the way the trucks talked seemed inconsistent. One minute they're speaking in fully formed sentences, the next minute they're talking like they barely have enough brains to string words together. I know that's nit-picky, but as a reader I found it distracting. Of course, after smashing and crashing all day, I suppose one's brains would be a little mushy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    N

    This was definitely lame in the narrative department, But yelling SMASH! CRASH! was fun and what kid doesn't like trucks. Plus there were some cool girl trucks. This was definitely lame in the narrative department, But yelling SMASH! CRASH! was fun and what kid doesn't like trucks. Plus there were some cool girl trucks.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    Good play on words, good for boys, I liked the illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I've read this one a LOT! I actually really love to read this one to my little bear. I like to get really close to his ear when the mystery voice starts talking to the two best friends in this story. In my mind it's a booming deep voice. I like to make my voice super annoying and whiney when Izzy the Ice Cream truck starts running her mouth. Gabriella Garbage has a super thick accent too. Like I said, this is a fun one to read. Of course, this is all in my world, you do what you'd like to when y I've read this one a LOT! I actually really love to read this one to my little bear. I like to get really close to his ear when the mystery voice starts talking to the two best friends in this story. In my mind it's a booming deep voice. I like to make my voice super annoying and whiney when Izzy the Ice Cream truck starts running her mouth. Gabriella Garbage has a super thick accent too. Like I said, this is a fun one to read. Of course, this is all in my world, you do what you'd like to when you read it. I digress but I really do enjoy the art and the story even though the story is a simple one. I like how they add an air of mystery by adding folded pages to hide certain things so they don't give anything away to the reader before they are ready. Not everyone can do controlling well, but Jon Scieszka can, lol. I promise that is a compliment, Jon. Thank you for entertaining my monster truck obsessed 4 year old.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mickayla

    Grade range: K-2 Genre: Modern Fantasy This book would be a super fun read especially for younger little boys. I immediately thought of my younger brother when I was reading this book. He would've been absolutely entranced by this book when he was in K-2. It's a super fun read, for boys and girls. I would probably use this as a reward read aloud but I would probably have this in my classroom library/ Grade range: K-2 Genre: Modern Fantasy This book would be a super fun read especially for younger little boys. I immediately thought of my younger brother when I was reading this book. He would've been absolutely entranced by this book when he was in K-2. It's a super fun read, for boys and girls. I would probably use this as a reward read aloud but I would probably have this in my classroom library/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Entertaining picture book by one of my favorite children's authors - Jon Scieszka also wrote The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. This book has two trucks visiting friends and crashing/smashing. Does have two girl trucks and the big crane at the end is a girl! My favorite part is probably the ice cream truck, "Do you want an ice cream? Do you want an ice cream?" Entertaining picture book by one of my favorite children's authors - Jon Scieszka also wrote The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. This book has two trucks visiting friends and crashing/smashing. Does have two girl trucks and the big crane at the end is a girl! My favorite part is probably the ice cream truck, "Do you want an ice cream? Do you want an ice cream?"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Lee

    Smash Crash is a current favourite for my toddler. Reading this book is a fun experience as it is lively and action packed. I would highly recommend this story to busy little ones who enjoy to smash and crash.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This book is my favorite children book ever. While reading this book I am happy, I feel happy because I really liked being read to and reading this book. I feel happy because the charecters are happy and that makes me feel happy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    ***Rated by my son***

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    November 2018 - Ben chose this one, and it's got lots of appeal for fans of vehicles, but all over the place in terms of story. November 2018 - Ben chose this one, and it's got lots of appeal for fans of vehicles, but all over the place in terms of story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Estrada

    I hate this book, but my 2.5yo loves it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This was a favorite for my boys when they were younger. Great for story time, kids get to shout "smash, crash, smash crash!" Throughout the book. This was a favorite for my boys when they were younger. Great for story time, kids get to shout "smash, crash, smash crash!" Throughout the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    One of a series featuring various vehicles and diggers. Nothing earth-shattering, but fun pictures and noises to solidly satisfy the young truck-loving demographic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    Although my looking at the cover of this book many presume that this book is geared towards boys but in reality it can be for girls too and there is even a girl truck within the book. Two mischievous trucks play all day, visiting their friends and making lots of noise while helping everyone they come across (fixing a road, stacking barrels, making a pirate fort). In the end they are caught by the wrecking crane and instead of getting into trouble are put to work doing what they do best - smashin Although my looking at the cover of this book many presume that this book is geared towards boys but in reality it can be for girls too and there is even a girl truck within the book. Two mischievous trucks play all day, visiting their friends and making lots of noise while helping everyone they come across (fixing a road, stacking barrels, making a pirate fort). In the end they are caught by the wrecking crane and instead of getting into trouble are put to work doing what they do best - smashing and crashing.I thought that the animated cars and trucks were a neat idea and sort of represented something you would see from the Cars movie. The text occasionally suggests the intent to rhyme without paying off with an actual rhyme, and the author appears to have been unsure whether his two smash-crashing heroes are destructive or helpful. If anything, it appears to be a training manual for bullies. Overall, i felt a disconnect from the storyline. I would not include this book in my personal classroom because of the inappropriate behavior played by some of the vechicles and the language used within the book. There is also a bit of rhyming occuring throughout the book but I feel as though the book should have rhymed consistently throughout the pages or not rhymed at all. This book would have been more appealing to me if it included that Smash! Crash! concept but not that destroying others belongings and ignoring others is okay. Instead I feel as though an aim towards having some fun with friends while still being respectful would have been a better fit and more popular within parents. If this book was read to little ones I would ask discussion questions while reading such as "Was that nice?", "What could they have done instead?". These questions would help children understand that certain forms of behavior are rude and not considerate.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Jack and Dan are two construction trucks that LOVE to smash and crash! They smash and crash so good that, even though they sometimes make a mess, they get the job done and they do it well. Every time they smash and crash a dark shadow appears saying in a scary voice, “Hey you two, I want you…” Each time the trucks zoom away. They run into Melvin the cement truck, Max the big wheeler, Izzy the ice cream truck, and many more. They smash and crash, smash and crash, the whole time. This book is a lo Jack and Dan are two construction trucks that LOVE to smash and crash! They smash and crash so good that, even though they sometimes make a mess, they get the job done and they do it well. Every time they smash and crash a dark shadow appears saying in a scary voice, “Hey you two, I want you…” Each time the trucks zoom away. They run into Melvin the cement truck, Max the big wheeler, Izzy the ice cream truck, and many more. They smash and crash, smash and crash, the whole time. This book is a lot of fun to read, and Jack and Dan are such down to earth trucks. Personification would be a must for me, as well as explaining the fantasy of the story. I would have the students predict what they think the large shadow is before getting to the end and share their ideas on the board. It would also be a good have the students recall the sequence of events in the story in order to have better comprehension strategies.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Great bright colors is what I remember most about this book. It's about these two trucks that don't like to anything but smash and crash. They disrupt other truck lives. Their friend Melvin was making cement and Jack and Dan charged towards him once he refuse to play with them because he had another responsibility smashed and crashed the cement mixer making a huge mess. Their friend Melvin was not to happy. I like the printing. The words were large and black. This is very attractive to young rea Great bright colors is what I remember most about this book. It's about these two trucks that don't like to anything but smash and crash. They disrupt other truck lives. Their friend Melvin was making cement and Jack and Dan charged towards him once he refuse to play with them because he had another responsibility smashed and crashed the cement mixer making a huge mess. Their friend Melvin was not to happy. I like the printing. The words were large and black. This is very attractive to young readers. I would use this book with younger (k-2) readers. There is a lesson to be learned. Dont interrupt others from doing their work because you want to play.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ina

    Jack and Dan are best friends. They are a pair of trucks and their favorite thing to do is "Smash! Crash! Smash-crash!" My story time audience loved this book and learned very quickly to chime in on the "chorus." giggling and yelling "Smash Crash" whenever I turned the appropriate page. The illustrations show brightly colored happy, smiling trucks. There are even two female trucks, one a pink big rig, who we find playing pirate. Although the text is somewhat sparse and disjointed, my audience wa Jack and Dan are best friends. They are a pair of trucks and their favorite thing to do is "Smash! Crash! Smash-crash!" My story time audience loved this book and learned very quickly to chime in on the "chorus." giggling and yelling "Smash Crash" whenever I turned the appropriate page. The illustrations show brightly colored happy, smiling trucks. There are even two female trucks, one a pink big rig, who we find playing pirate. Although the text is somewhat sparse and disjointed, my audience was having way too much fun with the pictures and yelling out "Smash and Crash" that they certainly didn't notice.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Helen Kumpel

    Who this book would be for: Pre-K-2 This is a cute book about two trucks that love to SMASH and CRASH! The two friends help out their friends as they do their smashing and crashing. But when a voice calls for them they "Gotta go!" Soon the voice catches up with them and the two trucks find out that their help is needed to do some more smashing and crashing! I think this book would be good for children that enjoy trucks and also for those who need to learn the right and wrong ways to "smash and cra Who this book would be for: Pre-K-2 This is a cute book about two trucks that love to SMASH and CRASH! The two friends help out their friends as they do their smashing and crashing. But when a voice calls for them they "Gotta go!" Soon the voice catches up with them and the two trucks find out that their help is needed to do some more smashing and crashing! I think this book would be good for children that enjoy trucks and also for those who need to learn the right and wrong ways to "smash and crash".

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emerson and Theodore

    "Please," Emerson said as he pointed to the book on the shelf at home. Two days earlier, at the library, he had walked up to a shelf and grabbed a book. It somehow happened to be about trucks-- one of his favorite subjects. Though Daddy feels the storyline of two trucks crashing and smashing into everything lacks a moral or a message, we'll never know. Turns out the last two pages were torn out by a previous library lender. There's one way to find out, though. Buy it for him on his birthday. MOOK Momm "Please," Emerson said as he pointed to the book on the shelf at home. Two days earlier, at the library, he had walked up to a shelf and grabbed a book. It somehow happened to be about trucks-- one of his favorite subjects. Though Daddy feels the storyline of two trucks crashing and smashing into everything lacks a moral or a message, we'll never know. Turns out the last two pages were torn out by a previous library lender. There's one way to find out, though. Buy it for him on his birthday. MOOK Mommy says don't buy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Gery

    I found this obnoxious. M (3) liked it, though.

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    There's no depth, no subtlety and barely any story line--just a pair of trucks going "smash and crash". Which is why toddler and preschool kids--especially the BOYS are going to love this one. If my older nephew was still in his car-and-truck mania stage, I'd be buying it for his birthday! Scieska is going to make a lot of money on this series--especially if he and his team keep put in big foldout pages that those "smash and crash" loving kids are going to rip in no time flat! There's no depth, no subtlety and barely any story line--just a pair of trucks going "smash and crash". Which is why toddler and preschool kids--especially the BOYS are going to love this one. If my older nephew was still in his car-and-truck mania stage, I'd be buying it for his birthday! Scieska is going to make a lot of money on this series--especially if he and his team keep put in big foldout pages that those "smash and crash" loving kids are going to rip in no time flat!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ubalstecha

    Jon Scieszka appears to have one mission in life, and that is to write books that boys will read. This book is part of his Trucktown series, aimed at the pre-school set and early primary set. And let me tell you, he has succeeded. My son is addicted to this picture book with its message of smashing and crashing of two young male trucks. We read it almost every day and he can name off every character. Go get this for the little man in your life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Mcintire

    This is one of my favorite books because it is something that the boys in our classroom that they can relate too! Boys love cars and crashing items together. I think by incorporating this into my classroom library will allow the boys in my classroom to learn to enjoy reading and know that reading and school are for them too! This is also a series of books similar which boys love to read series of books together.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    This is such a fun child's book! Vehicles are the 'children' within the story and they get into various antics trying to get the others to play with them; all the while being afraid of a shadow with a deep voice following them. But in the end it's just a new friend WANTING to play. My nearly 4 year old granddaughter loved this book; she enjoyed the story as I read it to her and the very greatly done illustrations! This is such a fun child's book! Vehicles are the 'children' within the story and they get into various antics trying to get the others to play with them; all the while being afraid of a shadow with a deep voice following them. But in the end it's just a new friend WANTING to play. My nearly 4 year old granddaughter loved this book; she enjoyed the story as I read it to her and the very greatly done illustrations!

  25. 5 out of 5

    carrie

    I'm really excited about this series. I mean, how can you go wrong with Jon Scieszka and David Shannon (and 2 other guys who I don't know about)? This book was fun -- not earth shattering, but we liked it. I admire what Scieszka is trying to do for boys. I'm reading The Read-Aloud Handbook and the statistics on reading for boys is alarming. So let me know what good boy books you guys know! I'm really excited about this series. I mean, how can you go wrong with Jon Scieszka and David Shannon (and 2 other guys who I don't know about)? This book was fun -- not earth shattering, but we liked it. I admire what Scieszka is trying to do for boys. I'm reading The Read-Aloud Handbook and the statistics on reading for boys is alarming. So let me know what good boy books you guys know!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jfrlewis

    My son was drawn to the illustrations of trucks on the cover of this book. I checked it out, based on my limited experience with the author (True Story of the Three Pigs and Math Curse). I didn't care for this book at all. I didn't like the characterization of the trucks, nor the illustrations. My son was drawn to the illustrations of trucks on the cover of this book. I checked it out, based on my limited experience with the author (True Story of the Three Pigs and Math Curse). I didn't care for this book at all. I didn't like the characterization of the trucks, nor the illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This is positively one of the best read-aloud picture books EVER. Just be prepared for your kid to go running around making loud noises afterward (and after all, what is happier than a loud, obnoxious child?). Scieszka is one of those authors who just gets more in touch with his inner child every year, and I would totally give him a hug.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I should probably give this book 3 stars since my son enjoys it, but I can't do it. It's kind of annoying to read, there's not much of a plot, and I feel like it wants to be funny but it isn't (which is too bad because we LOVE Scieszka's Cowboy and Octopus). On the plus side, the illustrations are eye-catching. Probably a good read for a young, truck-loving kiddo. I should probably give this book 3 stars since my son enjoys it, but I can't do it. It's kind of annoying to read, there's not much of a plot, and I feel like it wants to be funny but it isn't (which is too bad because we LOVE Scieszka's Cowboy and Octopus). On the plus side, the illustrations are eye-catching. Probably a good read for a young, truck-loving kiddo.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I understand that this book is supposed to appeal to boys, but really it was quite boring. I don't get why Izzy was even in there, and she was the most interesting part. Plus when you think of "smashing" and "crashing" you generally think of destruction, not building elaborate traffic cone structures. Most of this story is in the illustrations, so pay close attention to those. I understand that this book is supposed to appeal to boys, but really it was quite boring. I don't get why Izzy was even in there, and she was the most interesting part. Plus when you think of "smashing" and "crashing" you generally think of destruction, not building elaborate traffic cone structures. Most of this story is in the illustrations, so pay close attention to those.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dramasister

    I work at Borders in Manhattan and the authors came to do a reading and signing. Let me tell you that I was so excited that these three finally got together and the end result is fantastic!! Remind the kids to smash and crash as you read.

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