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The Resource Farmer Dale's red pickup truck, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Ivan Bates

Farmer Dale's red pickup truck, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Ivan Bates

Label
Farmer Dale's red pickup truck
Title
Farmer Dale's red pickup truck
Statement of responsibility
written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Ivan Bates
Title variation
Farmer Dales red pickup truck
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One by one, Farmer Dale picks up animals who want a ride to town in his rickety old pickup truck
Character
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 1. The cozy "always room for one more" theme never seems to get old, and Wheeler's jolly, rhythmic text sets a fine pace for the story of Farmer Dale's truck that takes a cow, sheep, pig, and goat on board before it breaks down: "Farmer Dale's red pickup truck / stood stranded in the road. / 'It seems you have a problem,' / a cocky rooster crowed." Indeed. Fortunately, all the animals pitch in and get the truck moving again: "The pickup bounced and shimmied. / It groaned and squeaked and wheezed. / It spit a thankful cloud of smoke / and started with a sneeze." Farmer Dale eventually makes it into town with his load of hay--and the talent contest banner on the last page explains what all the town-bound farm animals were doing with accordions, skates, and the like. Bates' expressive, action-packed watercolor illustrations of the overloaded rig recall those of the popular Sheep in a Jeep series, and youngsters may be equally captivated by this familiar, cheerful ride. -- Karin Snelson (BookList, 11-01-2004, p494)
  • PreS-Gr 2 –Rhyming text and large watercolor-and-pencil-crayon illustrations tell the story of Farmer Dale, his old red truck, and animals on their way to a talent show in town. An accommodating dog, the farmer stops to give everyone a lift, no matter the creature's disposition or size. First he meets a bossy cow who demands that he "Mooove over!" Next to join them is a singing sheep, and then a skating pig and an accordion-playing goat. At last the load proves too much for the old pickup. The commotion over what to do is settled when Bossy Cow jumps behind the wheel and Farmer Dale pushes the overloaded vehicle. Eventually everyone helps, and the bovine admits that Farmer Dale should steer. Once again the loaded truck rumbles on down to town. With quick brush-and-pencil strokes, the illustrations portray the not-always-flattering human characteristics of the animals, painting additional humor into the story. Particularly revealing is the spread showing the arguing animals crowding next to the thoughtful Farmer Dale. This book will entertain children both at storytimes and one-on-one. –Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH --Carolyn Janssen (Reviewed December 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 12, p124)
  • Wheeler (Uncles and Antlers , reviewed Sept. 27) introduces Farmer Dale, a neighborly sheepdog hauling a load of hay in the back of his red truck. Along the way, the hero accommodates a hitchhiking, imperious cow. But when he goes on to pick up a dapper sheep wearing a straw boater, a pig on roller skates and an accordion-playing nanny goat (each resents the presence of the others) the poor old pickup spits, sputters, coughs, wheezes, hiccups and finally peters out: "The truck bounced up. The springs all popped./ The bumper bumped. The pickup stopped." Can Farmer Dale count on the freeloaders to help out? As Bates (who teamed up with Wheeler on One Dark Night ) builds up to the story's big moment, his crayon and watercolor pictures echo scenes from a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. The seeming effortlessness and fluidity of the compositions play counterpoint to the outlandishness of the situation and the comic pettiness of the characters. But the spirit of cooperation triumphs as a hearty joint push gets the truck rolling again. Curiously, the book then comes to an abrupt end: Farmer Dale simply drops off his passengers at a talent contest in town and drives on. Some readers may be disappointed not to savor the animals' newfound camaraderie—or at least find out whether the goat's accordion-playing is blue ribbon–worthy. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 4, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 40, p86)
  • Plenty of wordplay and a rollicking rhythm turn a predictable plot into a practically perfect read-aloud. Farmer Dale, a friendly dog, offers rides to all the animals he encounters on his way to town. When the load proves too much for his old truck, Dale gets out to push. But only when all the other animals agree to help does the truck sputter to life again. Hinted at in a vignette on the title page, the Talent Contest pictured on the final spread explains just why a singing sheep, roller-skating pig, and accordion-playing goat were among those hoping to hitch a ride. Bates's bucolic watercolor-and-wax pencil illustrations show a colorful countryside but keep the focus squarely on the anthropomorphized animals who sport hats, glasses, bowties, and other amusing accessories. Wheeler puns continuously with much of her wordplay, subtly enough to be noticed only on repeat readings. Luckily, this is one ride readers will look forward to taking over and over, allowing them to extract every bit of fun from the trip. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
131305
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wheeler, Lisa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Bates, Ivan
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pickup trucks
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Domestic animals
  • Trucks
Target audience
primary
Label
Farmer Dale's red pickup truck, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Ivan Bates
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000024539719
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152023195
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
col. ill.
Label
Farmer Dale's red pickup truck, written by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Ivan Bates
Publication
Control code
000024539719
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152023195
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
col. ill.

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