Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 9, 2014

Terri Schlichenmeyer: The Ultimate Book of Vehicles from Around the World

c.2014, Twirl, distributed by Chronicle Books $19.99 / $23.99 Canada 23 pages

Daddy calls you his back-seat driver.

That’s because you sit in the back in your car seat, and you keep an eye out for anything you might like to drive someday. Or haul. Or dig. Or float, run, lift, pump, and tow. Anything with wheels, that’s what you notice.

But why wait until you grow up? If you’ve got “The Ultimate Book of Vehicles From Around the World” by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic by your side, you can pretend to drive, dig, or haul right now.

Let’s say you love construction equipment. Big trucks that haul and dump. Gigantic machines that bust up buildings and dig holes in the ground. Machines that move dirt, that’s what you love and you’ll find them all on the first pages of this book.

Have you ever been on a scissors lift? If you haven’t, you’ll get an idea of what it’s like by moving the one in this book. You’ll also see what happens when recycling trucks and garbage trucks pick up their big loads.

Or maybe you’re a fan of farms. Do you love tractors and combines? Then you’ll like the ones in this book, because you’ll see how the insides of some machines work.

Do you and Grandpa share a love of trains? Then you’ll want to show him what’s here: two big pages of trains complete with a chance to peek inside to see what they haul. Now you’ll never have to wonder if there are people or freight riding in those boxcars!

There are even more big trucks inside this book. You’ll see ambulances and fire trucks and a fire lift so you can help save someone’s life. You can look inside a great big freight ship, a luxury cruise ship, a medium-sized fishing boat, and a fancy yacht. If you want to be an airplane pilot someday, then you’ll like seeing the inside of a jumbo jet, a cargo plane, and a glider. Be sure to spin the helicopter propeller!

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