Pink Trucks by Sam Clarke and Cory Reid

Pink Trucks – at a glance

The School Reading Lists’ five word review: trucks, trucks and more trucks!
Children’s book title: Pink Trucks.
Children’s authors: Sam Clarke and Cory Reid.
Genre: Picture book.
Published by: Five Quills.
ISBN: 9781912923373.
Recommended for children aged: 3+ year-olds.
First published: Paperback April 2024.
This children’s book is ideal for: truck-loving toddlers and adults who wish to gently address gender stereotypes with children from EYFS through to KS2!

Pink Trucks by Sam Clarke and Cory Reid

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Our review:

Told mostly in rhyme, Pink Trucks by Sam Clarke and Cory Reid tells the tale of a strong-minded young boy, Stink, who LOVES trucks. He has trucks in all different colours and of all different types but there’s just one truck missing from his collection… a PINK truck!

Throughout the story and the engaging illustrations, Stink searches high and low for a pink truck to play with. He asks his mum for a new truck, he searches down every aisle in the toy shop, he speaks to his friends about this missing toy from his collection… but nobody has ever heard of a truck that is pink! His friends tell him sternly of the ‘colour rules’ – how the sky is blue, but the grass is green, and how trucks CANNOT be pink- but STILL Stink is not satisfied. He is determined that trucks could and should be pink!

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Hearing of his dilemma, Stink’s kind and loving sister comes up with a plan. Together they build their own truck made from pink-painted parts which is an immediate hit with Stink’s friends (whilst the truck-covered blanket used to unveil their creation is then put to use by his friend Ned for his doll).

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Our verdict:

Pink Trucks is an engaging read-aloud book that will surely capture the attention and imagination of young children – especially those who are fond of vehicles! The illustrations are bright and detailed, even down to the endpapers which are packed with several types of truck.

This charming story sends a lovely message about being unafraid to voice your views and not be swayed by the opinions of others. Young readers will love joining in with the rhyming text and the use of onomatopoeia. Pink Trucks is sure to be a great addition to bookshelves at home and at school.

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Many thanks to Five Quills for the review copy.

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About Jen Radford

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Having been a primary teacher for over ten years, I have always been eager to engage children I have worked with in reading and to actively be a ‘reading teacher’ in the classroom and outside of it. I truly believe that a love of reading can unlock so many doors and I aim to continue to inspire children to read for pleasure for the rest of my career. | Reviews by Jen Radford