Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle // Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
So I’ve been dying to read this book because we are big fans of the original Little Blue Truck and tonight we finally got to. I think I enjoyed it as much as my toddler did.
Before we started I showed him the cover and asked him what he thought it was about and he said “Beep Beep at night.” Close enough.
So we both thought this was going to be another great bedtime book. But I was pleasantly surprised when a thunderstorm causes all the animal friends to take shelter in Blue’s garage.
Little Blue welcomes them all and acknowledges that "thunder's such a grumbly sound!"
Together they ride out the storm, a little scared but safe and dry. As the thunder dies down, they each recall that it is just a noise and there was no need to fear.
When it was all over, Goat says, "We feel better, Blue. It's easy to be brave with you." Then Little Blue gives all the animals a bedtime ride and bids them goodnight as he drops them off one by one.
This is one of my favorite picture books for toddlers because of the characters we already know and love and the reassurance it offers that while bad weather can be scary, thunder is "just a noise" and can't hurt us. I also value the sentiment that we feel braver when we're together.
If you were on the fence about whether or not this book would live up to the hype, (as I always am with follow-up books) it totally does.
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