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I hate when my son asks me to read this book. It’s nowhere near as good as the original, in concept or cadence. The other cars in the city are just mean and awful! It lacks charm and perpetrates stereotypes of geographical narcissism.
We loved the original Little Blue Truck, so we were very excited to get our hands on this follow-up story. Unfortunately, it falls short of the original in every way. The story is less engaging and fun, the message is more shallow, the art is more jumbled, there's much more time with characters being mean spirited and Blue is more passive through more of the story, the meter of the text stumbles in places... All in all it was so much less satisfying to read. We're going to try some of the other LBT books to see if any recaptures the magic of the original, but all I can say is that this one misses the mark.
I really wanted to like this book bc my son adores the first book. The majority of this book is filled with mean faced vehicles and the first thing my two year old son notices in any picture are eyes. And there are tons of bullying city vehicles in this one, which is sad bc my son loves all vehicles. He does not get excited for this book until the end when Little Blue looks happy again. If you want to feel terrible and small while reading to your kid, this is the book.
We have Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Springtime. My 2 year old loves these so I ordered the "Leads The Way". The book just doesn't flow and my son says "scary" when he looks at the endless pictures of the mad faces on the vehicle. I jist stopped reading it to him. I would rather not read him a "scary" book before bed. I will still look into the other Little Blue Trucks books, but we will save this one for when he is a little older.
My two-year old twins love the Little Blue Truck and since the first book was such a hit, I had to buy the second. The story isn't as good as the first book (most reviewers agree)... but the dialogue from the other vehicles in the story is just plain rude and nasty. I originally gave this book three stars, as my twins love the whole country truck goes to the big city plot.... but each time I read it, I dislike it more and more. I will not read it as is. I have changed the story and eliminated the nasty stuff, but you still see the nasty faces on the other vehicle characters in the illustrations. Just a major disappointment that this could be considered appropriate language and message for such young children.
This one was a big disappointment for us. I wish I would’ve read the reviews before purchasing! My 2 year old loves the original Little Blue Truck, but this one is hateful and rude. I have to change all of the words for it to be appropriate. Why the author thought this was a good idea is beyond me.
Got the "Little Blue Truck" that has all the animals that saves the bully dump truck that my day care children love (ages 3 and under). So I purchased this one and the story line does not hold their attention. Maybe children that live in New York or other big cities would understand the taxis, limos and lots of traffic or older children then three would like it. Also, the book size was about 28 inches by 20 inches. It is just too big to read to children comfortable. I know the book size was my mistake , never thought to look at the size of a book.
My one year old loves the first little Blue Truck book so we were so excited to purchase this one! I'm sad to say it misses the mark in many ways. The first one had a majority of happy, positive interactions with just one mean guy. This one is ALL mean guys. Pages and pages of negativity and mean looking drawings. We were disappointed.