Review: Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz


Old MacDonald had a farm


And on that farm he had a…



What happens: Old MacDonald has a farm. There’s a lot of stuff on it. But it’s not the usual suspects.

The good: It’s in indisputable fact that toddlers go berserk over contstruction stuff. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the boys who are into this stuff. I’ve found that transportation books transcend obsolete gender norms up until about school age…you know, right around the time that little girls learn they’re not supposed to like these kinds of things. Stuuuuuuupid! Anyway, this is one of my favorite machinery based books that I’ve come across. It combines a familiar nursery rhyme with construction vehicles, making it both familiar and new and interesting to young children. The motions made by the different vehicles can be replicated by kiddos and makes for a fun and interactive read aloud for even the wiggliest worms.

The not so good: The ending is a little weak for me. Old MacDonald has all kinds of super cool vehicles. He’s got an excavator, a bulldozer, a dump truck, and even a motor grader! These are all very fascinating things to kids. I feel that the coolest, most bad ass machine should come last for a final WOW MOMENT for the kids. But we end with Old MacDonald having a truck. It is the title of the book and kids do love trucks, but it just feels a little vanilla to me.

Rating: 3.75/5 stars.

Citation: Goetz, Steve. Old MacDonald Had a Truck. Illustrated by Eda Kaban, Chronicle Books, 2016.


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