My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me

Illustrated in American Sign Language

Children - Grade K-3rd
38 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2021
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Author Biography

Kathleen Marcath is an Award-Winning Author and Amazon Best Seller with her debut picture book. My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me beautifully teaches children, parents, peers, and caregivers 32 signs in American Sign Language.

"Kathleen Marcath has captured the total fascination kids have with their favorite toys."
-Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

For years, Kathleen wanted to write children's books. Before she would reach that goal, sign language tapped her on the shoulder. Kathleen earned a B.A. degree in Deaf Community Studies. Adding years of experience as a special education Sign Language supporter, her passion for writing grew stronger, realizing the need for inclusion literature.

Kathleen was inspired to write My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere with Me by her three-year-old grandson's love of monster trucks and a poetry contest. It finally all came together. Kathleen believes every child has a gift to give. Inclusion literature is a vehicle for them to be seen and heard positively and discover their unique gifts and talents.

Understanding the power and beauty of ASL and its almost magical powers fuels her passion for sharing that with all families, hearing, d/Deaf, and hard-of-hearing to think of ASL just like any other language.

Kathleen Marcath thankfully honors God for the opportunity to write for children sharing the limitless untapped potential of ASL. She is a wife, mother, a proud grandmother and resides in rural Michigan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Vroom, vroom, vroom, it's time for a Monster Truck story. My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere With Me by Kathleen Marcath is part of the ASL Picture Book series. The book starts with two pages of illustrated signs used in the book, as well as an explanation that the word in bold on each page is the one being signed. The story starts with a young boy and his favorite big, loud, purple monster truck. He and the truck go everywhere together including to Grandma’s house. He has an awesome day there playing and pretending. At the end of the day, he’s exhausted and returns home, only to discover in the morning that his favorite truck is gone! Fortunately, his lost Monster Truck is soon returned to him.

Kathleen Marcath has captured the total fascination kids have with their favorite toys. Isaac Liang has done a fabulous job illustrating the signs that the characters demonstrate on each page. Pardeep Mehra’s rich, colorful illustrations showcase how kids really see their toys, bringing so much character and life to his purple monster truck. What a terrific idea to create a series of ASL picture books. They will not only help those that sign feel included but serve as a great introduction for kids not familiar with ASL. What is even better is that My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere With Me is outstanding on its own. Monster truck lovers and fans of the movie Cars will ask for this one again and again. My Monster Truck Goes Everywhere With Me should be in every school and public library.

Amy

Awesome book!