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Today’s Pickup: The President and his truck

A Buzzfeed writer has turned President Trump’s visit with American trucking executives into a book for kids.

Good day,

Everyone remembers the image of President Donald Trump acting like a big kid behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler this spring. Well, it turns out, the image was just a small portion of Trump’s excitement that day when he met with trucking leaders.

Buzzfeed’s David Mack has turned that day into a short book, The President and the Big Boy Truck – designed for kids of all ages.

“A fun day in the life of our Commander-in-Chief, David Mack’s The President and the Big Boy Truck is a fun read for all ages that shares the story of a special day for the President and his love of trucks,” reads an editorial review by Paste Magazine. “Made in the Great United States of America, this book has high stepping illustrations that make it a wonderful piece to share with friends and family. Made in the Great United States of America, this board book edition is the perfect size for little hands. Buzzfeed’s David Mack has turned Trump’s big day into an actual children’s book—and the kids love it! It’s simple and kid-friendly…”

The book is available on Amazon for $9.99.

Did you know?

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]