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A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019!

Find out what happens when a boy who wants a puppy gets a truck instead in this simple and sweet picture book from Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney.


Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. So he pets it, puts a leash around it, and takes it to the park.

But the truck won't sit still! What will Carter do with his rascally Puppy Truck?


Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including Martin RisingIn Your HandsOn the BallThe Faithful FriendDuke Ellington; and In the Time of the Drums. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King Illustration Award, four Coretta Scott King Illustration Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Visit him at


  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Illustrated (June 25, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1534426876
  • ISBN-13: 9781534426870
  • Reading age: 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure: 190L
  • Grade level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight: 1.1 pounds
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