The Trucktown series, with its slightly creepy character designs and simple, edgy (by preschooler standards) stories, isn't for everyone. My truck-obsessed son and I have thumbed through a couple of the books, but none of them especially caught his eye. That is, until now. Melvin Might, with its more traditional tale of a character overcoming habitual fear to become a hero, has quickly earned a prime spot in the bedtime story rotation.
The plot, while still well within a 3-year-old's attention span, is a bit more involved than the other Trucktown books we've looked at, which seem to focus mostly on smashing things and getting into mischief. Sure, there's mischief involved here, but it's used to set up a positive message that being worried or scared doesn't mean one shouldn't try. The colorful illustrations are active and appealing, and are enhanced by a couple of trick pages: one that's turned sideways and a double foldout. They add just a touch of flavor without being distracting.
My advice: bring your child to the store, or to the Trucktown website, and see if he or she likes the eccentric character designs. If so, then Melvin Might is definitely a good introduction to the series. Just be aware going forward that the books vary somewhat in tone and style, so try before you buy.