Kid’s Review: What’s in the Truck?

Kid’s Review: What’s in the Truck?

About the Book and Author

This colourful and fun picture book has plenty of action to entertain young children. With vehicles being such a popular subject for toddlers this latest book by bestselling author Philip Ardagh is sure to be a hit. The bright illustrations by Jason Chapman suit this story well and the ending brings a welcome twist to the usual  gender stereotype.

Here’s what the publishers Faber say about it:

Children will be delighted as each new vehicle pops out of this last, Russian-doll style, in this charming and comic picture book. ‘…Out glides a limo, as sleek as a plane, With big gleaming hubcaps as bright as champagne’

The first in a comic ‘What’s in the?’ picture book series, children will delight in this silly tale of a dog prince in his truck with a very special delivery . . . With each page turn a new vehicle pops out of the last.

What's in the Truck? front cover
Philip Ardagh author

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of over 100 books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, currently in over 30 languages. He wrote BBC radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard!

Following Foundation and Degree studies at Bradford and Camberwell colleges of art, Jason’s busy and varied illustration career has included large-scale illustrations for museums in London, Chicago and Singapore, and long-term associations with the NSPCC, illustrating their Christmas ‘Letters from Santa’, and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, illustrating books, publications and merchandise. He has produced many children’s books, collaborated with children’s television producers, Ragdoll Productions and illustrated live on TV for the BBC’s Springwatch Unsprung, after his Springwatch-inspired illustrations were spotted on Twitter. You can find out more about his other work on his website.

Book Review

I loved reading this book and think all the cars are really cool

I loved reading this book and think all the cars are really cool.

On each page a new car comes racing out of the last one and zooms across the page!

My favourite part is when the pigs crash into the vegetable truck!  It was funny and the made me laugh.

There are lots of exciting pictures and the book was fun to read.

I think lots of children would like this book, especially if they like vehicles like me!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jasper
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: swimming, biking and building with Lego
  • Dislikes: wasps and bacon
  • Favourite Book: Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Film: Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun
  • Favourite Song: The Ballard of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker