Rackety-Boom

rackety boom2Rackety-Boom leads off this debut blog post as my all-time-very-favorite-ever children’s picture book.

Written by Betty Ren Wright in 1953, this book was my very favorite book as a child. My mother attests to how many times she had to read this to me as my bedtime story. We both knew it by heart for many years. Over fifty years later I can still start out with the beginning …. Rackety-Boom was an old blue truck, the kind of truck that might get stuck in the mud

Between my mother’s bed time stories, my father devouring books, and Betty Ren Wright’s tale of a rickety blue truck, I caught the bug. The love of books has infiltrated my life. (Much as the stacks of books has consumed every possible space throughout the house!)

For years I searched every antique store I entered. I pored through every stack of old books. I wanted another copy of Rackety-Boom. And then, in the meantime, the wonder world of eBay opened up and there it was – – the book I’d been searching for!

Betty Ren Wright was born June 15, 1927 in Wakefield, Michigan.  Her resume lists an amazing array of children’s fiction including her acclaimed ghost stories: Christina’s Ghost, The Dollhouse Murders, The Ghosts of Mercy Manor, A Ghost in the House, A Ghost in the Window, A Ghost in the Family, and many more. In 2006, the Wisconsin Library Association honored her as a Notable Wisconsin Children’s Author. As far as I’m concerned, her legacy is Rackety-Boom.

rackety boom1As the story ends,

And nobody cares if he rests for a while
at the top of the hill,
or just stands still
for a bit, any place,
with a smile on his face.

He’s a very nice old truck!

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3 thoughts on “Rackety-Boom

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  2. I love this book! I read it to my youngest brother (15 years younger than I) first. Then to the two little boys who were my charges as a nanny. Then to my own son. Now my baby brother has four boys of his own, and my son has a baby daughter. I would love to be able to find and be able to afford this treasure so that I could give it to my nephews and granddaughter. I thought I still had my copy, bit alas I cannot find it among any of my old books. Any suggestions?

    Also, since you are a children’s books guru. My favorite little picture book when I was a child was a story about a little chick named Silly. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the book. But Silly was hatched into a family where all the chicks had rhyming names such as Millie, Tillie, Billie, etc. and the mother ran out of rhymes by the time she got to the last on and named her Silly. Of course Silly turns out to be very smart and in the end her name is changed to Amanda Belinda Clementina. Does this sound familiar at all? Do you know the name of it and/or the author? Thanks so much. This looks like such a nice blog. Looking forward to reading more

  3. I still have my worn copy of Mother Hen and Her Five Baby Chicks by Bianca Bradbury. The title remnants are: Mother Hen…Five Baby Ch…. by Bianca Bradb… Loved this book and just this morning suggested Amanda Belinda Clementina as names for my nieces new batch of chicks.

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