Little Red (Hardcover)
The annual tree-lighting is one of the most beloved nights of the year. But a snowstorm has blanketed the streets and made it difficult for the community to get around.
Enter Little Red! A cute-as-a-button pickup truck with a mighty spirit and a heart of gold. Little Red will stop at nothing to help his neighbors—the show must go on!
Will Hillenbrand is the creator of Snowman’s Story, Down by the Station, and Spring Is Here. He has also illustrated many beloved picture books, including the The Biggest, Best Snowman and Snow Friends both by Margery Cuyler. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Very small motor enthusiasts are the ones to relish Will Hillenbrand’s sweet Yuletide story, which features an eponymous pickup truck with expressive eyes driven by a resourceful woman named Katie. Soon come anxious calls from vehicles in distress. Katie and her truck give assistance to each until all the vehicles converge, their colors glowing like a string of Christmas lights, and everyone delights in the cargo that Little Red has been carrying."—The Wall Street Journal
"Even during a snowfall, Little Red Truck and driver Katie work and make repairs. One after another, six brightly colored vehicles in need stop them, imploring, 'Help, Little Red, help!'…. Readers will appreciate the 90-degree book turn required near the end showing the raised tree festooned with bulbs by eager kids.... A warm Christmas read and a reminder of the best gifts: friendship, kindness, helpfulness, and cooperation."—Kirkus
"Little Red, a peppy pickup truck, and driver Katie, deliver true holiday spirit and a special gift to a small town’s residents in a celebratory early concept book with plotting reminiscent of Katy and the Big Snow…Colors, cumulative counting, and cute hardworking vehicles are all part of a day that Little Red calls 'Jolly fun! '"—Publishers Weekly
"For young truck fans, this seasonal picture book has plenty to offer, from the work ethic of this determined pickup and its capable driver to the wintry setting with a nod to (but no mention of) Christmas. The narrative makes good use of repeated phrases, and children will happily chime in. A visually appealing picture book that’s fun for reading aloud."—Booklist
"Cheerful pick-up truck Little Red and his intrepid driver Katie are known throughout Tiny Town as the ones to call in a jam…. A satisfyingly seasonal penultimate stop leads to an effectively foreshadowed big-reveal conclusion (including a vertical book-turn). There are so many details to love, from the text’s patterned repetition to the digital illustrations’ unique personality-filled vehicles to the color-coded speech bubbles and sound effects. Many 'thanks to Little Red and Katie,' indeed."—Horn Book