Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thunder Trucks by Cheryl Klein, Katy Beebe
& Mike Boldt (Illustrations)
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Thunder Trucks blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm thrilled I get to share my thoughts on this book with you! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Author: Cheryl Klein, Katy Beebe, & Mike Boldt (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: September 10, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 40
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Was that a flash of lightning? A rumble of thunder?

Better get ready--there's a new crew in town!

As Bulldozer piles up clouds and Tanker Truck hauls the rain, the whole Thunder Truck gang works together to build a tremendous storm.

Brimming with energy and fun, this cheerful bedtime story is perfect for snuggling, no matter the weather.


I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I thought Thunder Trucks offered a fun and unique perspective for storms, and really enjoyed the scientific facts mentioned at the end. The authors took the time to explain how storms really work, which was a nice contrast to their imaginative story about impossibilities in the sky. 

My son isn't really afraid of storms, but one of my girls doesn't like the sound of thunder. She'll cover her ears and tell me it's too loud, and sometimes leave her hands over them for the duration of a storm. I believe she really liked thinking of thunder with this creative lens, because she's fascinated by tractors, fire trucks, etc. We'll see how this impacts future storms at our house! 

I did notice that all of the characters were female, and I'm not sure if that was intentional or not. It's not a bad thing, just something I noticed while we were reading it.

Overall, I thought this was a wonderful portrayal of storms and a very simplistic view of how they work. A lot of children are afraid of the sights and sounds associated with lighting and thunder, and I think Thunder Trucks makes the phenomenon a little more lighthearted and playful.

About Cheryl:
Cheryl Klein’s first book, The Commuters: A Novel of Intersections, won City Works Press’ Ben Reitman Award. Her novel Lilac Mines was published by Manic D Press in 2009. She writes and edits for MUTHA Magazine (muthamagazine.com) and blogs about the intersection of life, art, and carbohydrates at breadandbread.blogspot.com.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About Katy:

I love books -- reading them, holding them, even smelling them! Growing up in the Midwest, my family would spend summers at our local public library. Later, I was lucky enough to study at the medieval University of Oxford, where there are so many books that you can catch their scent rising up from vents in the sidewalks.

I now teach medieval history at the University of Texas at Arlington, and I incorporate the history of books and "book making" into my classes whenever I can. As you might be able to tell from my books (there are more to come after Brother Hugo and the Bear!), I also love to share this history with younger readers, as well.

Website | Twitter | Facebook |Goodreads

About Mike:

Mike Boldt has been my name for quite a few years.

Some people call me an Author / Illustrator. I’ve been called worse. 

I still enjoy cartoons.

I like ice cream a lot.

I‘ve drawn since I was young.

I read (picture) books.

I like to write & draw them too.

I’m amazed and grateful every day this is my job.

Clients have included: Disney/Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Scholastic Canada, Fisher-Price/Mattel, Highlights, Owl Magazine, Design+ Communication, Please Touch Museum, Alberta Winter Games, Pro-Ed, Launch Kidz, & Alberta Conservation Magazine.

Giveaway Details: 
Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway!

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
9/9/2019- BookHounds- Review
9/10/2019- Littleredreadz- Review
9/11/2019- Thepagesinbetween- Review
9/12/2019- southerngirl.bookaholic- Review
9/13/2019- fictitious.fox- Review 

Week Two: 
9/16/2019- novel.novice- Review
9/17/2019- doyoudogear- Review
9/18/2019- kagunderman- Review
9/19/2019- JaimeRockstarBookTours- Spotlight
9/20/2019- savingsinseconds- Review


  1. Sounds like a cute book, and a fun way to explain storms. My youngest niece doesn't really like loud noises either.


    1. My daughter will cover her ears when the dogs bark, or if people honk their horns while we're driving somewhere, but thunder isn't something I can control the duration of. I really loved the concept for this book, and think it helps her to think of the storms as tractors moving around in the sky. <3

  2. Honestly, I hate thunder. I get scared by them, so reading what you said about the tractor made me see thunder in another light. I had a "a-ha" moment LOL

    1. It was an interesting perspective! I actually love thunderstorms and will sit outside with a cup of coffee (as long as they're not too bad), and just watch them unfold. I also think it's a soothing background noise when I'm sleeping. I almost always nap during the day if it's raining! ;)

  3. That is great for kids. I have never minded thunder or lightning.

    1. I really like storms! I think they're soothing and smell nice. ;)

  4. I have a daughter that still hates storms (thunder) so this would have been nice to have back then when she was smaller. Sounds like a cute story!

    1. One of our dogs refuses to go outside if it's raining, and she curls into a ball and shakes when it's storming. I've started asking my daughter to "make sure Ella (the dog) is okay," which makes her forget to be scared. It doesn't always work, or even last very long, but her concern for the dog sometimes distracts her from the thunder. I do think this book offered an interesting perspective that I will utilize in the future! :)

  5. This sounds sweet! My kid hated storms when he was little but now would be a full blown storm chaser if the little nut had the chance! lol

    1. Haha! That's hilarious. I guess our kids will never stop surprising us. ;)

  6. I know two little fellas who would love this book. Best wishes on this new release.

    1. It was a very enjoyable read! I recommend it for anyone that's afraid of storms. :)

  7. Okay I NEED this in my life! My son is suuuuuper terrified of storms, no matter how much I try to explain that he isn't going to be hurt. He's also a huge fan of reading so this is something he'd love for sure. Thanks so much for the chance to win, and for the great review!

    1. My son always wants to play in the rain, but I tell him he can only do that when there's no thunder/lighting. Crazy kid. My poor daughter cannot stand them! She wants to play in the rain with her siblings, but the second she hears thunder, even distantly, she's done. Screaming to go inside and covering her ears.

  8. This is a great idea for a book! My grandmother used to tell me thunder was the angels in heaven bowling. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Hah! I've heard that one as well. When it rains, the angels are crying... yeah. I thought this was an interesting twist on storms that children will be able to relate to. :)

  9. This book sounds absolutely adorable! I'd seen this cover but hadn't looked into it enough to realize what it was about. Such a fun concept!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. I thought it was a cute way to explain storms and the sounds they make! There's some subtle Girl Power, too. ;)


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