I cannot recommend this book. What's worse? My son likes it. Worst case literary scenario: a book your kid loves having read to him that you despise reading.
There are at least three reasons I really dislike this book. First, the two protagonists, Jack and Dan, spend their days smashing and crashing everything - even when their friend trucks ask them to refrain.
Secondly, through the entire story, the two trucks are running away from a booming voice calling to them because she needs them to do something. I believe the take-away message here would be to run away from your mom when she's calling you.
Last, in the middle of the book, a brand new ice cream truck makes an appearance with no explanation whatsoever and becomes, what I can only assume is supposed to be, the annoying little sister...but only for that page - one page, no real context, and she's gone.
Surprisingly, Loren Long, who is fantastic, is involved in this book. I reviewed another book by Loren Long here. Don't miss that one, but if given another chance, I would pass up Smash! Crash!.*
*You are encouraged to make your own decisions regarding any purchase of this book.