Book review: Tow Truck Joe, by June Sobel, illustrated by Patrick Corrigan

Sobel, June. Tow Truck Joe. Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Unpaged.  $17.99. ISBN 9780358053125. Ages 4-8. Q7P8

Welcome to Drivedale, a town of colorful anthropomorphic cars and trucks that live happily together as they zoom around town. That is until a crash between a milk truck and a cookie cart bring traffic to a standstill. Tow Truck Joe knows just what to do, and several others jump in to help including the cement mixer, the bulldozer, and the grocery truck. In addition to all the vehicles, Tow Truck Joe’s pup, Patch, a kitty who comes to lap up the spilled milk, and a cookie loving pigeon are also featured in the story. Together they all pitch in to keep the town running smoothly.

Verdict: This rhyming picture book will be a favorite at the library and in young classrooms. A great book for story time, it is even better read one on one when time can be spent looking at all the puns featured on town billboards and signs. With a theme of teamwork, it is a great book for little ears.

October 2019 review by Denyse Marsh.