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A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck. This book is a true classic illustrated by the inimitable Tibor Gergely.


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A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck. This book is a true classic illustrated by the inimitable Tibor Gergely.

30 review for The Happy Man and His Dump Truck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Arnett

    Im going to get a damn dump truck in 2019 and be the happiest motherfucker on the planet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Miryam, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (Golden Press, 1950) I have to admit, I am at a loss to explain the enduring popularity of this book at Goat Central. My wife, who originally had our copy when she was a toddler, tells me it was one of her younger brother's favorites when he was two or three years old, and now the Bean can't go more than two or three days without this one coming right back into rotation. It could be Tibor Gergely's illustrations, which have an interesting, kind of Asian fe Miryam, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (Golden Press, 1950) I have to admit, I am at a loss to explain the enduring popularity of this book at Goat Central. My wife, who originally had our copy when she was a toddler, tells me it was one of her younger brother's favorites when he was two or three years old, and now the Bean can't go more than two or three days without this one coming right back into rotation. It could be Tibor Gergely's illustrations, which have an interesting, kind of Asian feel to them at times (the dog sliding down the dump truck has a definite Chinese dragon feel to him). It could be Miryam's use of repetition, which effectively takes the place of the usual rhythm and rhyme one finds in Golden Books from the forties and fifties and does it one better, with more subtlety in diction (if not in content) than I'm used to. Whatever it is, the Bean adores this book. It may hold the current record for most times read. If not, it's in the top five. *** ½

  3. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    this book tells the story of a happy man who drives around and picks up farm animals in his dump truck. all the animals have the best time, as you can see by their happy faces. for some reason, i loved this book when i was little and was inspired to wish for a dump truck of my own. my plan was to have my mom drive it when it was her carpool day. i planned to cover the the inside of the back of the truck with purple carpet so that i wouldn't get my school uniform dirty on the ride to school. my m this book tells the story of a happy man who drives around and picks up farm animals in his dump truck. all the animals have the best time, as you can see by their happy faces. for some reason, i loved this book when i was little and was inspired to wish for a dump truck of my own. my plan was to have my mom drive it when it was her carpool day. i planned to cover the the inside of the back of the truck with purple carpet so that i wouldn't get my school uniform dirty on the ride to school. my mom could pick all of my friends up-- one by one-- on the way to school and we could have a party. and then she could drop them off--one by one--at home after school. just like the "happy man." only in my plan, she would stop at Exxon for twinkies and apple juice for all of us.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Grant

    Every time I read this to my daughter, it cracks me up. Here’s this drunk looking dude with a dump truck picking up farm animals and having them slide down his dumper. The farmer’s reaction says it all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Meadows

    Read this with my children. Really cute fun book, they loved it. They wanted me to read it to them again!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This a such a cute and great classic. I remember being read this story by my Grandmother and Mother as a little girl. It was one of my favorites. Once I had a son of my own it quickly became one of his favorites too as I read it to him, over, and over, and over again. I love classic Little Golden Books like this, they truly are timeless and can be spread throughout the generations. The dump truck man is such a breath of fresh air in his cheery demeanor and how he treats everyone he meets, includ This a such a cute and great classic. I remember being read this story by my Grandmother and Mother as a little girl. It was one of my favorites. Once I had a son of my own it quickly became one of his favorites too as I read it to him, over, and over, and over again. I love classic Little Golden Books like this, they truly are timeless and can be spread throughout the generations. The dump truck man is such a breath of fresh air in his cheery demeanor and how he treats everyone he meets, including farm animals, like they are friends of his. My son always liked how the animals got such a great ride from the man and got to have such a fun time. Got to love the wonderful classics! 5/5 Stars by far!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Irresponsibility with dump-bed hydraulics is shamelessly on display here as the eponymous "happy man" (luckily we're never shown his low-riding-jeans butt-crack) piles his farm-animal friends into the back and constantly tips the flatbed out of sheer glee as he putters along. The animals have a whale of a time with this until they're slid out the back onto the concrete -- all miraculously unharmed. Don't try any of this at home, kids. In the sequel, Donald Trump drives the bus, throws all of his Irresponsibility with dump-bed hydraulics is shamelessly on display here as the eponymous "happy man" (luckily we're never shown his low-riding-jeans butt-crack) piles his farm-animal friends into the back and constantly tips the flatbed out of sheer glee as he putters along. The animals have a whale of a time with this until they're slid out the back onto the concrete -- all miraculously unharmed. Don't try any of this at home, kids. In the sequel, Donald Trump drives the bus, throws all of his "friends" under it, and they all walk away praising him. -ke/eg '19

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I found this is a search through my library's catalog as I prep for a Truck-themed story time. Although sweet, it's definitely dated (original copyright 1950). This might function as a short filler with my preschool crowd, but only if I can't find anything better. I found this is a search through my library's catalog as I prep for a Truck-themed story time. Although sweet, it's definitely dated (original copyright 1950). This might function as a short filler with my preschool crowd, but only if I can't find anything better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    Cute short story about a kind man driving his truck around town. He lets various animals along the road ride down the back of his dump truck for fun. If a lesson was to be pulled from this, I would express the lesson of kindness that is displayed through the character of the dump truck driver.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rishi Mehra

    For my 4YO Nice book with vivid Colours and happy pictures. Covered all the farm animals and their sounds. Good book for little ones

  11. 4 out of 5

    Viola Kita

    I love the pictures and the story. It's so easy to follow and will keep the child entertained and curious. I love the pictures and the story. It's so easy to follow and will keep the child entertained and curious.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a cute book for little children about a man who loves his dump truck and how he makes some new animal friends.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Rincker

    Not my first grader's favorite Not my first grader's favorite

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Woznik

    What a great book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Abecca

    I suppose, back in the day it would not have been obvious the dangers faced in this book. No regard to safety at all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    This is a nice, old-fashioned kind of story that I very much enjoyed reading. All of the illustrations and writing point to the warmth and simplicity of the time it was first released, the 1950s, and I think that the book can be just as successful now as ever because of the kindness with which it is told. As noted on the back cover, "lively, satisfying stories never go out of style." I completely agree! The Happy Man and His Dump Truck isn't a long story. A man driving a dump truck gives a ride This is a nice, old-fashioned kind of story that I very much enjoyed reading. All of the illustrations and writing point to the warmth and simplicity of the time it was first released, the 1950s, and I think that the book can be just as successful now as ever because of the kindness with which it is told. As noted on the back cover, "lively, satisfying stories never go out of style." I completely agree! The Happy Man and His Dump Truck isn't a long story. A man driving a dump truck gives a ride to one animal, who enjoys it so much that soon the man has invited all of the other farm animals to ride, too, sliding around in the back as the man tilts it up and down. Young kids who like animals or trucks will be partial to this book, and the ones that like animals and trucks won't be able to get enough of it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    D'Anne

    My sister bought this book for my son from the hospital gift shop and it made him very happy during an otherwise very unhappy time. So I love the book for that reason. It's a cute book, if a little dumb. I mean, it's not safe to ride around in the back of a dump truck and most likely the Happy Man's animal passengers would have been gravely injured when he tipped the dumper while they were all inside. The Happy Man just seems a little irresponsible, is all. Happy, but maybe not especially smart. My sister bought this book for my son from the hospital gift shop and it made him very happy during an otherwise very unhappy time. So I love the book for that reason. It's a cute book, if a little dumb. I mean, it's not safe to ride around in the back of a dump truck and most likely the Happy Man's animal passengers would have been gravely injured when he tipped the dumper while they were all inside. The Happy Man just seems a little irresponsible, is all. Happy, but maybe not especially smart. But, like I said, seeing Gavin clutch this book to his chest as he walked around the children's emergency ward after a horrible allergic reaction I will no doubt have a bittersweet fondness for The Happy Man and His Dump Truck for quite some time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Synopsis: "A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck. This book is a true classic illustrated by the inimitable Tibor Gergely." My Review: This was a great little classic story. It was short and simple with the classic illustrations. It combined many of the things Munchkin loves, dump trucks and animals. He loved pointing out the animals and making their sounds. Of course now he thinks he should get to ride in the dump bed and get to slide out Synopsis: "A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck. This book is a true classic illustrated by the inimitable Tibor Gergely." My Review: This was a great little classic story. It was short and simple with the classic illustrations. It combined many of the things Munchkin loves, dump trucks and animals. He loved pointing out the animals and making their sounds. Of course now he thinks he should get to ride in the dump bed and get to slide out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Daniel

    This book is not a particularly complex book, and it's quite old, but I don't know a kid (ages 6 months -2 years old) who can resist all of the farm animals sliding around in the back of the dump truck. The farmer loves to give them rides. Vocabulary for the younger set helps them identify the names of the different animals. Print awareness is also easy to teach in this simple book as the animals greet the happy farmer. This book is not a particularly complex book, and it's quite old, but I don't know a kid (ages 6 months -2 years old) who can resist all of the farm animals sliding around in the back of the dump truck. The farmer loves to give them rides. Vocabulary for the younger set helps them identify the names of the different animals. Print awareness is also easy to teach in this simple book as the animals greet the happy farmer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This book is a little silly, but still kind of cute at the same time. About a man who is very happy and loves to share his happiness with his friends. He picks up the pig and visits the farm animals and gives them all a ride. It's kind of strange with the talking animals, but at the end they all say "thanks" in their own animal language. Sweet because of the happy temperament of the man and his willingness to share his cheer. Not a favorite, but not too bad either. This book is a little silly, but still kind of cute at the same time. About a man who is very happy and loves to share his happiness with his friends. He picks up the pig and visits the farm animals and gives them all a ride. It's kind of strange with the talking animals, but at the end they all say "thanks" in their own animal language. Sweet because of the happy temperament of the man and his willingness to share his cheer. Not a favorite, but not too bad either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    The Boy likes it... but seriously: what is this other than a non sequitur? Just an excuse to put a dump truck in a book for little kids? There's no plot. Nothing here. The only thing that you don't get from the title is the farm animals. And maybe that's the twist ending. "The Happy Man and His Dump Truck... AND FARM ANIMALS!" The Boy likes it... but seriously: what is this other than a non sequitur? Just an excuse to put a dump truck in a book for little kids? There's no plot. Nothing here. The only thing that you don't get from the title is the farm animals. And maybe that's the twist ending. "The Happy Man and His Dump Truck... AND FARM ANIMALS!"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I'm an adult but not a grown-up: The title makes me giggle. Aside from that, this book is a cute little non-story. I didn't buy this book for the text, and I doubt if anyone else does. I bought this book for Tibor Gergely's fabulous illustrations. The illustrations completely make this book. They are filled with wit and humor, and are downright wonderful. I'm an adult but not a grown-up: The title makes me giggle. Aside from that, this book is a cute little non-story. I didn't buy this book for the text, and I doubt if anyone else does. I bought this book for Tibor Gergely's fabulous illustrations. The illustrations completely make this book. They are filled with wit and humor, and are downright wonderful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is such a strange book. The illustrations are charming and the board book format is pleasing. Of course my boys love it, especially the two-year-old. After a few readings it starts seeming to make a little more sense, or maybe that is just the work of the desperate desire within my soul to make sense of the nonsensical.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ABC

    My son really liked this when he was about three. It is old-fashioned and quaint. The only thing I don't like is that it teaches that it is okay to get into a truck with a stranger! (But I don't think they were politically correct back when this book was written, tee hee.) My son really liked this when he was about three. It is old-fashioned and quaint. The only thing I don't like is that it teaches that it is okay to get into a truck with a stranger! (But I don't think they were politically correct back when this book was written, tee hee.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jolynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My little boy Josh loves this book because he loves cars and trucks. This is a cute book about a kind man who lets the animals all ride in his dump truck. Cute story for kids especially little ones because you can imatate the animal sounds.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    My 2-year old son loves this book. The pictures are decent and contain some recognizable objects and animals. The story is cute and silly. The text on each page is brief to accommodate a limited attention span. He likes vehicles at this age, so perhaps that is the main attraction.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Read: board book (owned) I'm not sure what it is, but my son really enjoys this book. He calls it the happy book, and we read it a lot because he enjoys it so much. It's about a happy man giving some animals a ride in his dump truck. Read: board book (owned) I'm not sure what it is, but my son really enjoys this book. He calls it the happy book, and we read it a lot because he enjoys it so much. It's about a happy man giving some animals a ride in his dump truck.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Sooooooooo silly. If PETA were to compile a recommended reading list for children, this book wouldn't make it. Ah, the magic of Little Golden Books reprinting vintage titles. Sooooooooo silly. If PETA were to compile a recommended reading list for children, this book wouldn't make it. Ah, the magic of Little Golden Books reprinting vintage titles.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maryann

    Roger's favorite read-aloud book and Sarah's favorite book when she was maybe two? Roger's favorite read-aloud book and Sarah's favorite book when she was maybe two?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryce

    This has got to be the BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN/DRAWN! I loved this as a kid and read it over and over--more than any other book. I've got to find a copy for my sons. :-) This has got to be the BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN/DRAWN! I loved this as a kid and read it over and over--more than any other book. I've got to find a copy for my sons. :-)

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