Cover image for Little Taco Truck / written by Tanya Valentine & illustrated by Jorge Martin.
Little Taco Truck / written by Tanya Valentine & illustrated by Jorge Martin.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Little Taco Truck loves serving workers on Union Street, but when Ms. Falafal takes his spot, then more and bigger food trucks arrive, he fears no one will want his tacos anymore.


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Little Taco Truck serves up tasty treats to the hungry workers on Union Street . . . until one day, Miss Falafel shows up with her baked pita bread and crunchy chickpea fritters--and parks in his space. The next day, Miss Falafel is there again, and this time she's brought Gumbo Jumbo and Annie Arepas with her. Little Taco Truck's headlights dim. What if people like Gumbo Jumbo's spicy stew and Annie Arepas's warm cornbread cakes more than they like his tacos? When more trucks arrive the following day and there's no space left for Little Taco Truck, he swishes his wipers to hide his tears and heads home. At last, with some ingenuity and help from new friends, Little Taco Truck wins back his coveted parking spot. And guess what? There is room enough for everyone! Packed with flavor and savory smells, this irresistible read-aloud about friendship and determination is perfect for even the youngest truck and taco fans.

Author Notes

Tanya Valentine is an active member of SCBWI and the Atlanta Writers Club and is the author of a picture book about interracial adoption, All Bears Need Love. She can be found online at and on Twitter at @tanya_valentine.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Little Taco Truck has a happy life: he's got a great location and plenty of satisfied customers. Then other food trucks-serving falafel, tapas, gumbo, arepas, and gelato (all defined in a glossary)-move in and crowd him out. While the other trucks' opportunism seems far more thoughtless than malicious, Little Taco Truck's tentativeness and self-pity exacerbate the ordeal (What if his customers like the other food more? What if he disappears from view?). But tearful misery soon gives way to determination: he stakes out a space at dawn, and when the others show up, Valentine (All Bears Need Love) writes, "Little Taco Truck blinked his lights, puffed up his tires and said, 'This is my spot!''" Chastened and eager to cooperate ("We can all fit if we squeeze," volunteers the arepas truck), the group even finds room when Oodles of Noodles shows up. A familiar story about standing up for oneself gets a tasty twist courtesy of the urban culinary zeitgeist and plenty of visual pop from digital illustrations by Martin (I'm Hungry), who arrays the blocky, brightly colored characters along a single, streetlike plane. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Linda Epstein, Emerald City Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright USA. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.