17 Oct

All right, let’s go! Next time at Target…

…spend some dough on Mighty Truck: On the Farm and Mighty Truck: The Traffic Tie-Up (HarperCollins), written by me and illustrated by Troy Cummings.

Paperback editions of these first two early readers in the I Can Read! series of Mighty Truck books are available at many Target stores.

And remember: The rest of the Mighty Truck early readers as well as both picture books are available anywhere that wheely really fine books are sold.

30 Apr

Now available: A full-Throttle Mighty Truck adventure!


Surf’s Up!, the fourth book in the Mighty Truck early reader series (written by me, illustrated by Troy Cummings, and published by HarperCollins) is officially published today.

This is especially good news for those of you who enjoyed the excitement surrounding surf wagon Mr. Dent and his beleaguered cat, Throttle —

— in the original Mighty Truck picture book.

This time around, Mr. Dent is, like, way involved in the story, and Throttle is totally part of the action:

If any of the Mighty Truck books have revved the engines of a young reader you know, I think you and they will love Surf’s Up!

If it’s not yet on the shelves of your favorite library or bookstore, please do Mighty Truck the favor of requesting his latest adventure.

I have it on good authority that his ordinary-pickup pal Clarence will appreciate it as well.

04 Dec

Rolling out today: my latest Mighty Truck book!

Do you know Mighty Truck, my series of picture books and early readers illustrated by Troy Cummings and published by HarperCollins?

First, in 2016, there was the origin story: How an ordinary, muddy pickup named Clarence became a day-saving (and unrecognizably clean) superhero.

Then, in 2017, came Mighty Truck: Muddymania!, in which Clarence grappled with 1) keeping his commitments to his best friend, Bruno, 2) maintaining his secret super identity, and 3) preventing disaster at Axleburg’s premier mud-flinging spectacular.

Earlier this year, two new Mighty Truck books arrived: I Can Read! titles On the Farm (Can Clarence get a mighty break from his super responsibilities when he goes back home to visit his parents?) and The Traffic Tie-Up (Can Mighty Truck undo the unintended effects of Clarence’s unsolicited advice to a friend?).

Today, they’re joined by the third (but not the final!) I Can Read! installment in the series. That’s right, it’s publication day for Mighty Truck: Zip and Beep, in which Mighty Truck helps Clarence tackle the biggest challenge of them all: keeping up with his boss’ energetic young cousins on his day off.

Working with Troy Cummings is a hoot (the characters of Zip and Beep were his idea!), and writing for the early-reader format is such a fun challenge, that Mighty Truck: Zip and Beep may just be my favorite book in the series.

So far, anyway. Ask me again this coming May when I’m holding in my hands a copy of Mighty Truck: Surf’s Up!

Click here for more information on all the Mighty Truck books. I really (wheely!) think you’ll like them.