My son has two of the Trucktown books... So I threw out one of these books yesterday... I mean put it in the recycle bin because I don't want another child to see it. It's Who's That Truck, which introduces readers to some of the trucks in Trucktown. Unsurprisingly most of the trucks are male. Fine. But then, the last truck to be introduced in Gabriella Garbage Truck. Pink -- fine. But she's described as "chatty" & a "motormouth"! The other trucks, by the way are described as liking jokes, going fast & loving to dig... you know, average truck stuff.
I'm just kind of shocked by this... I mean, it's one thing to have the books geared toward boys but it's another thing to have these books introduce to young boys (and girls) these stereotypes of women.
I went to the Trucktown website & it's even worse (they introduce visitors to all the trucks). The male trucks are described as liking dumping & puzzles & speed & jokes & dirt & being a bully (!) & noise & messes & playing (things you’d expect trucks — & boys? — to like doing, with one exception being a sort of whimpy truck who likes to worry). But the female trucks like art & being good & ice cream & rescuing … Except Wrecker Rosie who loves wrecking & dislikes “having nothing to wreck”… Rosie sounds like she might be a home-wrecker, too! (OK, that’s a stretch… but, come on! … men are never called “wreckers!” & that term has such an established nuance in our language/culture).
I find this sort of stuff appalling. No one else seems to... I did a search & there is nothing but glowing reviews for this cr@#! I've even found schools using this series!
Am I crazy?