The Ice Cream Truck at Midnight

Stories & Sketches

Children - Adventure
58 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2021
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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite

The Ice Cream Truck at Midnight, written and illustrated by Ken Priebe, is a collection of drawings, short stories, and a poem about a Disk Jockey called DJ. The poem is the most striking completed work in this collection. In exacting rhyming meter, the poem tells the tale of the master DJ who plays our lives as tunes in his collections. Other tales include a mouse who locates previous owners of used books at the second-hand bookstore, and an ice cream truck that shows up at midnight selling amazing popsicles. Other entries seem to be snippets of ideas that could lead readers off into adventures of their own, such as an old woman selling gramophones who has no records, and a museum where folks gather once a month to hear tales told from the crypt.

Ken Priebe is an artist, a poet, a filmmaker, an animator, and a story-writer. In this collection, only the art and the poem about the disk jockey feel complete. The Ice Cream Truck at Midnight is designed to tap into the reader’s imagination, let the reader envision what s/he would do if that ice cream truck woke him or her at midnight selling its irresistible treats. If you like (as I do) seeing how another person’s mind works and getting a glimpse into their imaginations, you’ll enjoy peeking into Ken Priebe’s mind-movies. These movies have levels of intrigue, fantasy, horror, and fanciful silly weirdness. Even though many of these tales feel incomplete, they have enough detail to pull the reader into their fascinating worlds.