“Simple text combines with retro illustrations in an instant classic about hard work and perseverance.”
As the book begins, a young couple is seen working on a farm. The wife is visibly pregnant, and on the following page, a young girl has joined the family. Together they all labor, assisted by a beloved red truck, to haul produce and care for animals. As the girl grows, the truck gets older and soon sits abandoned in overgrown weeds alongside the barn, but in her dreams, the girl and truck continue to share delightful adventures, from the ocean to outer space. When she’s older and in charge of the farm, through long hours and hard work, she restores the truck, beginning a new cycle as the girl’s own daughter appears. Capturing the Pumphreys’ own ideals of hard work, persistence, and achieving big dreams—principles that they explain in bonus material were taught and lived by women in their family for generations—the old truck serves as a perfect vehicle for driving the story forward as readers watch the young protagonist grow and mature. This powerful debut treats themes intelligently, with minimal explanation but with enormous depth and meaning. The remarkable illustrations, created using handmade stamps, breathe heart into the simple text, and with their soft palette and retro style, give the story a warm, classic appeal.
When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family's young daughter.
Such a terrific book from debut authors and illustrators (who are also brothers)! It’s one of those masterful works where’s there’s not much text but there’s a ton of inspiring, meaningful story. And the illustrations are superb—retro and enchanting.
See Jarrett’s real-life truck.
Jarrett is restoring an old truck. You can follow the journey on Instagram with the hashtag <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/theoldtruckirl/“ target=”_blank”>#theoldtruckIRL</a>.