Written by Kathleen Marcath
AWARDED KIRKUS Starred Reviews “THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2021”
“This bracing and illuminating bilingual tale deftly shows a kid’s love for a favorite truck.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“MY really BIG, shiny PURPLE, lightning FAST, LOUD as thunder MONSTER T-R-U-C-K goes EVERYWHERE with ME!”
Every day brings a new adventure for Dylan as he plays with his favorite monster trucks. Dylan is also learning American Sign Language and knows how to sign the words for his favorite trucks’ colors and sounds. He shows us how to sign 32 signs throughout the book in easy-to-understand illustrations.
Follow Dylan as he takes his favorite truck to his grandma’s and plays with all his friends who live in the neighborhood. What a fun day! The next morning, however, the truck goes missing. Where could it be?
The story is fun, interesting to follow, and educational. It introduces children to the many benefits of learning American Sign Language, which has been shown to increase cognitive faculties and problem-solving skills.
Studies have shown that children who know ASL have higher reading levels and 15-20% improvement in vocabulary over their peers who have not learned ASL. In addition, ASL is a beautiful, powerful language and the sixth most common language in the United States.
Author Kathleen Marcath was inspired by her three-year-old grandson’s love of monster trucks, her studies of ASL and Deaf culture. She noticed the need for more children’s books that were inclusive of ASL. Her goal is for all families, hearing and Deaf, to think of ASL just like any other language.
This is the first book illustrated by Isaac Liang Zhi Jie, a Deaf illustrator based in Singapore. Isaac’s knowledge of the importance of eye gaze, head tilt, and movement are implemented throughout the book’s illustrations.
Pradeep Mehra’s team added design and color to the pages giving them the bright polished finish. The book also comes with instructional videos by Deaf artists Michelle Osterhout and Diana Campbell. A narration by radio personality Dennis Neubacher.
Each page of My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me is beautifully illustrated with one or more signs that parents and children can learn together. This book is as educational as it is entertaining.
Live, Love, Learn & Sign
Target age: 4-8 years
Book Details: Paperback. 36 pages, 8.5 x 0.09 x 8.5”
Use the QR code in the back of the book to watch My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere With Me signed in ASL by amazing storytellers. Visit aslpicturebooks.com to download your free ASL Education supplement pack.