Cover image for I'm tough! / Kate & Jim McMullan.
I'm tough! / Kate & Jim McMullan.
Title Variants:
I am tough!
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.
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MCM Book Easy Collection

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From the popular creators of I Stink! and I'm Dirty! comes the perfect tough addition to their noisy series: a pick-up truck!

I'm not the BIGGEST TRUCK in the parking lot . . .

but when my cargo bed's PACKED and STACKED

I've got what it takes to HAUL it ALL!

You can count on me--I'll get the job done!

'Cause guess what--


Author Notes

Kate McMullan was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received a Bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Tulsa and a Master's degree in early childhood education from Ohio State University. She taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. In 1976, she moved to New York City and became an editor of language arts and audiovisual materials for a publishing house.

She has written over 50 children's books under the names Kate McMullan, Katy Hall, and K. H. McMullan. The book, I Stink!, won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Nutcracker Noel and Hey, Pipsqueak, which were illustrated by her husband Jim McMullan, were voted among the New York Times Ten Best Picture Books of the Year. She writes the Dragon Slayers' Academy series and the Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig series.

She also teaches at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and is a member of the faculty of the New School's MFA Writing Program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

This entry in the McMullans peppy vehiclecentric preschooler series (most recently Im Smart!, rev. 7/17) stars a plucky red pickup truck: Im not the biggest truck in the parking lot, but Im big enough, cause guess whatIM TOUGH! Viewers and listeners follow the truck as it hauls lumber, gravel, and hay bales from one place to another around the countryside, all the while commenting on truck parts (cab, cargo bed, tailgate), terminology (fanny flag, ratchet straps, truck squat), and capabilities (Who needs a road? Not me. Over the curb! Bump BUMP! Down the slope. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!). Theres a passing lesson in stick-to-itiveness (That stretch was rough, but did I give up? NO!), but mostly its just vehicle-loving fun, with vrooming sound effects and interjections (with many exclamation marks), bold-hued illustrations, and a bright-eyed little truck with an outsized smileon its front bumper, natch. elissa Gershowitz (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.