Truck Stop

Read all about a special diner in “Truck Stop,” by Anne Rockwell, an entertaining book about a mom and pop spot. This new book is the August Baby Buzz Pick, chosen by parent educators with the Washington School District.

Each month the group selects a quality, hardcover book for children birth to age 5. A review of the Baby Buzz Pick appears in the second weekend issue of The Missourian. An ongoing list of Baby Buzz Books can be accessed at and is continually updated.

The following review was written by area literacy advocate Nancy Nagel.

“It’s one exciting adventure after another at the family truck stop ‘by the side of the highway, where the big road heads north and south.’

“A young boy shares his love and admiration of his family’s hard work as they arrive early each morning to open up the family diner. Mom and Dad start the coffee brewing and bacon frying, as Uncle Marty opens the garage next door for business. He delights in his responsibilities, squeezing oranges for juice and calling out the guests’ favorite breakfast orders before they even take a seat.

“Each truck and driver is known by his first name, Milk Tank and Maisie, Eighteen Wheeler and Sam, and Diligent Dan and his Moving Van. The strong sense of community develops through the story line as the various drivers wonder, “’Where’s Green Gus—the old green pickup that rattles and clanks as it rolls, but always gets there.’

“The mystery is solved as Big Yellow Bus and her driver see Green Gus in trouble, and call for help from Pete and Priscilla’s Tow Truck. Trucks and big rigs of all kinds fill the pages of this book in vibrant colors, illustrations created by Melissa Twai.

“Most young children love playing with trucks and cars. Making motor sounds, like “brrr, rroar,” and “putt-putt,” is a great way to support expressive language development. “Make your own roadway by cutting open paper grocery bags. Lay them flat on the floor and use crayons or markers to draw streets, highways, bridges and truck stops. Use empty boxes from your kitchen or closet to make a gas station, garage or diner or whatever other buildings are in your pretend town.

“Then get down on the floor on your child’s level and let the truck stop fun begin.”

Other parent educator favorites this month are, “Oliver and his Alligator,” by Paul Schmid, “Munch!” by Matthew Van Fleet, “The Watermelon Seed,” by Greg Pizzoli, “My Octopus Arms,” by Keith Baker and “Gus, the Dinosaur Bus,” by Julia Liu.