"A taxi has a driver. / Passengers sit in the back seat."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: Out of the stack of six books in the "Mighty Machines" series, this one was the little guy's favorite. It was also the first we read, which might have given it an advantage, but he does generally love yellow cars.
"Some very big trucks are called big rigs. This big rig has 18 wheels."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: This was the second-most enjoyed book in the Mighty Machines series.Helicopters (Blastoff Readers: Mighty Machines) (Library Binding), by Mary Lindeen. This one features simple technical details about how a helicopter works, as well as different kinds of helicopters, like air ambulance helicopters and those for fire fighting (didn't know they existed) and site-seeing.
"A helicopter has two rotors. One is on top and one is on the tail."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: He loves to look at the cover and say "huhuhuh" for helicopter, but not a whole lot of interest beyond that yet.
"This tow truck has a wheel list. This part grips two tires on the sports car."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: I think he's a little overwhelmed at the stack of these, because I'd normally expect him to like this one and hasn't paid it much attention yet.
"The arm lifts a metal bin over the cab. It empties it into the truck."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: Mild interest (I think he'd like it without so many at once). Edit: we read it again today and he enjoyed it.
Parent's Peeve: Not a peeve, but an admission: I had no idea that garbage trucks lifted bins mechanically until about 6 months ago when I happened by a truck. (Hadn't seen a garbage truck living in condo/apartment buildings for years). I feel so old! In my day, garbage men had to LIFT the bins. All by themselves!
"A school bus has red lights. These flash when the door is open."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: He loves pointing at the bus (which is yayayayaya -- yellow).
"My truck's main job is to haul things from one place to another. A wheel loader empties dirt, rocks, or fill into my dump box. / The biggest dump truck can carry about 45,000 pounds (20,412 kilograms). That's more than the weight of four elephants!"
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: He loved this one. Even the text on the left is a little long for him, or so I would think, but he sat through it and signed for more when we were finished. We read it quite a few times in a row.
"Street Sweeper: City streets are kept clean by the swirling brooms of a street sweeper."
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: I was really excited to pick this one up for him, because it features a mail truck (which he loves), but we haven't had a chance to read it yet. I offered it a couple of times and he shook his head in favor of another. But I decided to blog about it anyway, because we have so many books to be reviewed lately. I'm going to try it again tomorrow. I like the level of the sentences in the book. He won't understand every word, but they're not way over his head either.