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Three grumpy trucks / written by Todd Tarpley ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.
Title Variants:
3 grumpy trucks
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
"Three toy trucks don't want to stop scooping, grinding, and digging on the playground until they get so overtired that a child must take them home and tuck them into bed"-- Provided by publisher.
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Whirr! Whomp! Grind! Chomp! How long can three busy trucks keep it up before...MELTDOWN? Three toy trucks have big plans for their day at the playground: digging and lifting, building and shifting. But then they start to get tired...and hot...and hungry....They're GRUMPY! When they throw a total truck tantrum, will anyone be able to calm them down?

Kids (and parents) may just recognize themselves in this entertaining take on getting grouchy--and getting over it. The lighthearted, rhythmic text will have young readers chanting along, and the bright and buoyant illustrations of the trucks' looming meltdown will keep them giggling!

Author Notes

Todd Tarpley is the author of Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! , My Grandma's a Ninja , Ten Tiny Toes, and How About a Kiss for Me? He lives in New York City, and he invites you to visit him online at

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated numerous books for children, including the bestselling sensation Giraffes Can't Dance . He lives in Brighton, England, and he invites you to visit him online at

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three toy trucks are having a marvelous time at the playground, giving their all to a build. "Hours later," they're clearly hot and tired, and their owner, a young girl, says it's time to go. In response, they delay ("Five more minutes! Let us stay! /Okay? Okay? OKAY?") and delay, then have a collective meltdown ("They made an awful screeching sound./ They banged their bumpers on the ground") and collapse into an exhausted, messy pile as children look on in dismay. Art may imitate life, but Tarpley (My Grandma's a Ninja) and Parker-Rees (Giraffes Can't Dance) aren't here to say "gotcha." They're sympathetic to the toys and their owner, and show that with patience (the girl never loses her temper) and unconditional love (she hugs the trucks, cleans them up, and puts them to bed), the trucks will live to dig another day. The bright multimedia illustrations contain just enough of a sketchbook looseness to feel composed on the spot, while the rhyming text has the authentic ring of both a real-life tantrum and pretend construction: "WHOMMMMPPPP!" Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.