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Super Submarines (Amazing Machines) Hardcover – September 15, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Amazing Machines
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075345940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's Literature
Learning about submarines can be fun with the help of this brightly illustrated book intended for primary readers...Whether this book resides in a classroom or is part of a home library, youngsters will be entertained as they become acquainted with the interesting world of submersibles.

About the Author

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. Other titles include Charlie the Chicken and Desmond the Dog.

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My son loves the Amazing Machine series.
g.rachel
Now, for the audience it's intended for, I'm sure the kids will love the bright illustrations and rhyming scheme.
Hannah-Noelle Lord
High recommended for kids or grandkids of any Bubblehead.
G. Walker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K. Violette on August 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Some of the Amazing Machine's books by Tony Mitton are better than others. I was pleased to find that Super Submarines is one of the better ones. My son and I also recommend Cool Cars, Tough Trucks, Amazing Airplanes, and Tremendous Tractors. Roaring Rockets, Terrific Trains, and Dazzling Diggers are not as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Walker on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a U.S. Navy Submariner, and I love to read this book to my daughter. She's just about a year, and not sure how much she actually gets. It talks about Sonar and ballasting and control surfaces and even about ROVs. High recommended for kids or grandkids of any Bubblehead.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marci Twain on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved the illustrations in this book. And the text was readable. But there was no story. This book was boring and little more than a Powerpoint presentation on submarines. There are ten slides (2 pages wide each) and a 1-pager at the end that claims to list submarine parts.

It is rare for me to rate a book with 3 stars. Before I rate a book as "just OK" I try very hard to find what it was the author was trying to accomplish in writing the book and view the book from that perspective. And if the author accomplishes her goal, then I'll raise my rating up to a 4.

Unfortunately, in the case of this book, I just can't push the rating up. In my humble opinion the author was trying to inform children about what submarines are, how they work, how they run, and where they function - and the way he did it was not a particularly good or interesting way. If one puts together a book that is much like a public speaking presentation, then it is going to be graded as such. Did the speech catch the audience's attention early? No. Did it sound interesting? No. And did it fully explain what it was trying to convey? No. There are just too many negatives to these answers. 3 stars!
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Super Submarines is the 10th and latest in a series of kids books that center on machines and vehicles such as trains, planes, cars, tractors, etc. Our son loves this books and I think I have them all memorized from the number of times I have read them. As in all the others, the art in Super Submarines is playful and colorful, following the main characters, a bird, bunny, and mouse through a submarine, exploring what they do and how they operate. Although somewhat simplistic and at times a bit forced for rhymes sake, the prose accurately depicts how a sub works which I like as I find it educational for a three year old!

Overall, we really like the book but I give it four stars as it's not the best in the series. Still great but if you haven't started with any, I would recommend Terriffic Trains, Roaring Rockets, Cool Cars, or Busy Boats first.
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Format: Paperback
Learn about how submarines operate in this underwater adventure featuring an animal crew that explains the ins and outs of operating this special vessel. Part of the Amazing Machines series (airplanes, trucks, tractors, etc.) this picture book keeps it simple while touching base on all the main features of a sub. This is sure to be a hit with boys and many girls. What's not to like about an undersea journey?

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By Kathryn S. Gibbs on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We love these books! Bought several at once, and went back to buy the whole series! They are all so fun, and my son (3.5) loves
the fun facts and story line. At the end they go over the "parts" of whichever machine the book is about and he loves to talk about what
he remembers from the story. Love it, love it!!!!! Plus, the 3/4 creatures(characters) are precious.
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More About the Author

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized and popular children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief is the winner of the 2000 Smarties Prize. 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. Tony lives in Cambridge, England with his family and his pet cat, Tiggy. Visit his website at www.tonymitton.co.uk

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