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Tremendous Tractors


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Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains.

Ant Parker studied drawing and printing at the Bath Academy of Art in England and has taught papermaking, printing and bookbinding workshops for children. Toddlers and parents around the globe have discovered the irresistible appeal of his wacky cartoon characters in Flashing Fire Engines, Terrific Trains, Dazzling Diggers, and Roaring Rockets.


PreS-Rhyming texts and busy cartoon art introduce these vehicles. A tanker, concrete mixer, garbage truck, and big rig are highlighted in Trucks. Parts such as pistons, a cab, CB radio, and semitrailer are mentioned in the text and depicted on a concluding labeled picture. Unfortunately, the illustrations don't always show the complete vehicle; only parts are shown at a time. Tractors provides solid information on farm equipment. Children learn that a tractor pulls a plow, harrow, roller, seed drill, mower, baler, combine, and trailer and see the roles that these pieces of equipment play on a farm field. Tractors are shown in their entirety, which makes the pictures appear less cluttered and better suited for toddler/preschool audiences. Both books feature the same animal characters-a bird, what appears to be a rabbit or dog, and a mouse-and they all have the same expressionless faces (a smile illustrated with a single black line). The rhymes are not exceptional, and the pictures are mediocre.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kathleen Karr - Children's Literature
The "Amazing Machines" collection for tots covers vehicles that roar and grunt, fly and sail, or merely shove and carry. Done up in tidy verse with characters that borrow quite a bit from Richard Scarry, the page-turners are colorfully illustrated and sport reinforced binding with a fair amount of wear in it. Rabbit, Bird, and Mouse strut their stuff on the farm using the plow, the harrow, the roller, the seed drill, the mower, and the bailer. For grain crops they demonstrate a combine. Then there is the fun of hauling the harvest to market. A one-page picture dictionary completes the package. The set should be just the ticket for the nursery school market. 2003, Kingfisher, Ages 3 to 5.

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The set should be just the ticket for the nursery school market.

"The set should be just the ticket for the nursery school market." --Children's Literature

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