Dan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams

by - January 05, 2017

Dan the Biggest Dump TruckDan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dan is a gargantuan dump truck who cannot find anywhere to work or anything to do because everyone who meets him thinks he's just too big to be bothered with. However, when all of the other construction vehicles in town essentially paint themselves into a corner of enormous rock piles, he comes in and hauls out all of their rocks. In thanks for his saving them, he's allowed to work with the other vehicles.

It was just okay. I did not like the message of the book, which was essentially that you'll finally be happy if you can get people who don't like you to actually like you. Perhaps I'm being too hard on the book. I did chuckle a little when he steamrolled over all the news vans to get to the construction site, thinking to myself that perhaps the other construction crews ascertained that he was essentially a giant truck version of Lenny from Of Mice and Men and they didn't want to get accidentally crushed to death.

The book also suffered from a few stylistic errors, such as some of the text being obscured by illustrations, or two pages of white text against white-grey background. If you were trying to read this out loud to a group, you'd have to squint and pull the book up to your nose to proceed.

This could be a great book with aggressive editing.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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