The Blue Pickup Ann Arbor Storytime with Natasha Tripplett

Monday, March 11, 2024 - 6:00pm

Schuler Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI  48103 

Bring the littles (and maybe Grandpa!) for a special storytime when we “travel” to Jamaica with author Natasha Tripplett in Ann Arbor.

This event is free to attend. However it helps us in planning to receive your RSVP. Please register here so we know you plan to join us:

About the Book
A charming story about a young girl who loves fixing automobiles with her grandfather on the warm grounds of Jamaica, Natasha Tripplett's debut picture book is a perfect pick for fans of My Papi Has a Motorcycle and The Old Truck.

Ju-Girl’s favorite days are the ones spent with Granddad in his garage, fixing cars and hearing stories about his old blue pickup.

Granddad used to drive the blue pickup all over the island, bringing happiness to many. And now it just sits in the driveway.

One day, Ju-Girl asks Granddad if he’d ever fix it, and he’s unsure at first. But the pair soon finds out just what it takes to restore the memory of the blue pickup and to create new stories along the way. 

This heartwarming layered tale, brought to life with lush illustrations by Monica Mikai, reminds us about the joy of repairing things with our hands and preserving stories with our hearts.


About the Author:
Natasha Tripplett lives in Northern California, where she writes from a treehouse perched in a sycamore tree. Natasha is a Jamaican Jewish American author who is passionate about cultural representation in children’s literature. She bubbles with excitement over antiques, chocolate, coffee on the front porch, and cozy movie nights in front of the fireplace with her husband and four children. You can visit her at

Monica Mikai is an author and illustrator of books for children. She is passionate about creating beautiful stories and illustrations that inspire the reader to see life from a new perspective. She has a BA from Rider University and received her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two sons. Books Monica has illustrated include Build a House, My Name Is a Story, Thank a Farmer, and more.

The Blue Pickup By Natasha Tripplett, Monica Mikai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Natasha Tripplett, Monica Mikai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063159877
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: HarperCollins - February 6th, 2024