Book review: Little Taco Truck, by Tanya Valentine, illustrated by Jorge Martin

Valentine, Tanya. Little Taco Truck. Illus. by Jorge Martin. Schwartz & Wade, 2019. $16.99. unp. ISBN 978-1-5247-6585-9. Ages 4-7. P9Q9

Little Taco Truck has a profitable and happy life selling his food to workers building high rises in the city until he is slowly crowded out by other trucks selling a variety of ethnic food. Miss Falafel came first, followed by Jumbo Gumbo and then Annie’s Arepas. With no place left for him, Little Taco Truck plans to arrive in the night and claim his spot. The other trucks apologize for crowding him out and even make room for Oodles of Noodles the next day. The glossary defines six types of food on the trucks.

Verdict: The theme of accepting different ethnic groups is gloriously illustrated by bright digital colors that demonstrate the trucks’ different personalities, and the representation of the workers as different animal species gives a quirky touch to the plot.

January 2019 review by Nel Ward.