Sunday, April 24, 2016

HarperCollins Childrens Book ARC Review: Monster Trucks (Anika Denise)

Monster TrucksHardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by HarperCollins

Author: Anika Denise
Illustrator: Nate Wragg

Readers will delight in this lively read-aloud story with a clever and surprising twist at the end—perfect for Halloween and year round!
Ready, set, go! The monster truck race is on in this frightfully delightful picture book. On a spooky speedway, Monster Trucks moan! Monster Trucks grumble! Monster Trucks groan!
Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and more as they race to the finish line. But one of these trucks isn’t quite who you think.

Anika Denise

Anika Denise is a children’s book author and poet. When not writing stories about piggies and elephants and bears (oh my!) she’s either cooking, baking, reading or attempting to do all three at the same time. Her published picture books include PIGS LOVE POTATOES, BELLA AND STELLA COME HOME, and BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S (Philomel).

She has several more coming soon, including a rhyming tale of vroom and doom titled MONSTER TRUCKS, illustrated by Nate Wragg (HarperCollins 2016), STARRING CARMEN, illustrated by Lorena Alvarez (Abrams 2017), and THE BEST PART OF MIDDLE, illustrated by her husband Christopher Denise (Christy Ottaviano Books 2018).

Anika and Chris live in Rhode Island with their three kids, overgrown vegetable gardens, pesky squirrels and a slew of imaginary friends. Visit Anika online at and on Twitter @AnikaDenise.

Illustrated by Nate Wragg

"Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, 
and more as they race to the finish line.
But one of these trucks isn't quite who you think.
Who will win the monster truck race?"

Monster Trucks is a cute childrens book about a race that involves "monster" trucks where the trucks are actually different Halloween characters such as a werewolf, Frankenstein, zombie, ghost, and a vampire! Right as the race begins a small blue bus decides to enter the race and compete against the "monsters."

I love how the little blue bus is not scared of these monster trucks at all! She races ahead of all of them and shows that she is brave and determined! The ending of the story has a cute surprise for the reader and the rest of the monster trucks! 

The story is cute and catchy and a perfect read for the Halloween season and shows kids that no matter what size you are, big or small, you can still win the race!! I highly recommend this cute story for parents and kids to enjoy during the spooky (but not scary)  Halloween month!!

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