Old MacDonald Had a Truck, written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban, is a wonderful play on words for a familiar song that most children know. It starts out as expected: “Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.” But then it veers off: “And on that farm he had an excavator. With a dig, dig, here and a dig, dig, there…”
The rest of the story goes through different types of equipment, among them a front loader, a bulldozer, a motor grader, a dump truck, and a steamroller. All that equipment is preparing something special that Old MacDonald and his wife are building.
Farm animals get in on the action, with chickens, sheep, pigs, goats, cows, dogs and others acting as the construction crew, driving the equipment, shoveling, and generally having a good time as they work. It’s all a lot of fun, especially when kids discover what the group is building.
Illustrations of tools are featured on the inside covers. Parents can point to things like hammers, pliers, a shovel, a wrench, a drill, a screwdriver and more, to help little children learn about tools to use around the farm or the home.
Turning the familiar song into something new will surely delight young readers and their parents.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.