The Pushcart War Author:Jean Merrill The outbreak of a war between truck drivers and pushcart peddlers brings the mounting problems of traffic to the attention of both the city of New York and the world.
This book is amazing. It's a tale about bullies and not lying down and taking it. It's about trucks and push carts. It's about unions and negotiations. The push carts are blamed for the bad traffic in the city, but how can it be the push carts' fault when the number of trucks on the streets increases every year?! Things come to a head when a truck runs over a push cart, destroying it and nearly maiming the owner. The push cart owners decide to fight back, and the public gets behind them.
It's not just for kids. Jean Merrill wrote a book that kids can understand, but adults will appreciate the struggle of the push carts, and yes, the trucks as well.
This was an ok book. Worth reading once but not crazy great. A story about old-fashioned push carts and pushy truck drivers with a few crooked folks mixed in. Some funny parts, some rooting for the underdog. Reading you felt if you were in old time NYC. The way the community came to rally for the push carts shows that people DO have a voice.