Disclosure: I was provided with books for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions voiced within this post are my own.
My boys love all things with wheels: cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads, and tractor trailers, as well as other transportation like rockets, boats, and spaceships. As a result, our house is overflowing with transportation books that are about Things That Go. When looking for books about transportation, the boys definitely prefer narrative to expository at this point, and are particularly drawn toward books that incorporate humor.
Big Rig a book by Jamie A. Swenson is a fun read, perfect for fans of I Stink and I’m Dirty (McMullan). The book shares what life is like for Frankie the Big Rig as he goes about his day. Our favorite part of the book by far were the noises – these noises are what make the book perfect for reading aloud. The boys joined in as we URRRRNNNT-URRRRNNNT and SCHWAAT, SCHWAAT, SCHWAAT through Frankie’s daily adventures. The boys also enjoyed Frankie’s problem-solving when he got a blowout on the road. Find out how Frankie solves his problem with this fun read!
Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon is a fantasy tale of Flip, a boy who orders a motorized dog from an online catalog (interestingly, this is the first children’s book I have ever seen display a tablet in the illustrations). In terms of a transportation book, Motor Dog is a bit unorthodox, as the transportation element of the book is that Motor Dog has rocket, helicopter, and parachute gadgets. The rhyming nature of the book was attractive to my 3 year old, and my 5 year old loved that Motor Dog and his gadgets got Flip into all kinds of hairy situations. Overall, if you have a kid ages 2-5 who likes robots and transportation, there is a good chance he or she will enjoy this book!