Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas

Illustrator: Kurt Cyrus

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Candlewick Press

Age 3+

Picture Books

Add a big dose of Christmas cheer to an array of trucks for counting and you have the components of read-aloud holiday magic.

One doughnut truck, on a cold winter day, drives into town and parks and stays.

The snowy town is filling up with a procession of trucks of all shapes and sizes, including a snowplow, a crane, a digger, a semitrailer transporting the town’s majestic Christmas tree, and even a flatbed carrying Santa’s sleigh. All in all, twenty trucks roll in full of sparkle and anticipation, ready to set up the holiday festivities. But when the star being hoisted to the top of the Christmas tree wobbles and crashes to the ground, what could possibly be used to replace it? Thankfully, a pair of siblings scan the scene and come up with the perfect solution. Author Mark Lee and illustrator Kurt Cyrus team up again for a buoyant story delivering satisfying rhymes, holiday spirit, and most importantly, twenty trucks for counting.


Mark Lee is a highly regarded poet, playwright, journalist, and author of novels for adults, including The Lost Tribe and The Canal House. He is also the author of the children’s book Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. He lives in New York City.

Kurt Cyrus is the author-illustrator of numerous picture books. He is also the illustrator of Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee and other titles for such authors as Eve Bunting, Lisa Wheeler, and M. T. Anderson. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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