Big Rig Children's Book Review

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Come along for the ride as Frankie the big rig truck takes us on the job, driving past kiddie cars (school buses) and land yachts (RVs). Hear the horn blow and the wipers schwat the windshield clean. But, BANG! SHHUUU! Uh-oh: a blow-out! Don't worry, a service truck saves the day so we can get the job done and make a very special delivery.

Every kid will love to learn the truck driver lingo in the story, and shout out their own sound effects as they return for another ride, read after read. Author Jamie Swenson takes readers from zero to sixty with her fast-talking truck and Ned Young's bright and engaging illustrations.

Reading books is an important part of learning new things. With so many other distractions, it can be hard to find time to read. Encouraging the young people in our lives to read is very important. I have a six year old son who is just beginning to really get into reading. I had the perfect opportunity to review the book “Big Rig” for my son; it is a book about an 18 wheeler and his cargo hauling adventures. Kids are encouraged to ride along with Big Rig as the progress from the beginning to the end of the book, road-trip style. 

The book is an excellent children’s book. It is bright and colorful, the illustrations cover the entire pages and the words seem alive with actions, as do the pictures. The letters that make up the words are large and simple enough for easy reading. 

I love books that encourage kids to interact. Big Rig is good for this reason. It should be a pretty quick read for your fledgling reader, but it is one that encourages your child to read it again and again. My son wants to read it every day. It also points out the most important elements of a semi, and how it operates. Things like air brakes and horns. 

Big Rig is not only encouraging my son to read more often, it is also teaching him a little more about reading, and a little more about semis as well, which is cool because he really loves semis to begin with. 

Jamie A. Swenson received her MFA from Hamline University. She works as an early literacy storyteller and librarian at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin where she shares fabulous books with children and adults.  Jamie lives with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one lazy cat. Jamie would love to go on a trip with a big rig like Frankie—URRRRNNNT-URRRRNNNT! Cruise on over to her website

Ned Young is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose work has been published on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards. He is the author and illustrator of the Zoomer series. He lives in Brigham City, Utah. Visit him at

By Jamie A. Swenson
Illustrated by Ned Young
On Sale: 2/4/14
Age: 3–5
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 1423163303

Where to purchase: You are able to Big Rig purchase from Amazon.

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