The Old Truck
Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
— Eugenia Vela, BookPeople, Austin, TX
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A young girl turns her imagination into action in this beautifully crafted and intricately designed debut picture book.
When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter.
After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in the weeds, it’s time for the girl to roll up her sleeves. Soon she is running her own busy farm, and in the midst of all the repairing and restoring, it may be time to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life.
With an eye-catching retro design and cleverly nuanced illustrations, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of imagination.
Praise For The Old Truck…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This affectionate, pithy, and eloquent homage to farm life...is uncommonly charming and rewards repeat readings.
— Booklist (starred review)
A celebration of diligence and grit, the quiet text conjures a cyclical Giving Tree–reminiscent relationship, but with a healthier, deeply loving dynamic.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This gentle chronicle of years blazes with the power of family, determination, and perseverance.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
An instant classic.
— BookPage (starred review)
The Old Truck is a quietly powerful ode to hard work and perseverance...Place this beauty on a low shelf with easy access. It will likely be in regular circulation among discerning young readers.
— Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Infused with cheer and playfulness.
— Horn Book Magazine (starred review)
The Pumphreys have created a book that’s both timeless and au courant.
— New York Times Book Review
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Norton Young Readers, 9781324005193, 48pp.
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
About the Author
Jarrett Pumphrey is an author/illustrator and the former cofounder and CEO of a tech startup. He lives in Austin, Texas.