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.