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PreSchool-K–In a book similar to their Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo (Hyperion, 1999), Lewis and Kirk combine rhythmic text, descriptive language, and colorful pseudo-realistic artwork to depict the adventures of a toy tugboat. From early morning (Cast off!/Anchors aweigh./Aye, aye, Captain./Busy day!) to evening (Day is over. Moon shines bright./Engine rumbles through the night), the hardworking vessel scoots, splashes, pushes, and pulls through a busy day. Youngsters will appreciate the rhyming text and quickly learn the refrain, which changes slightly with each verse. Illustrations in bright primary colors and geometrical shapes match the playful verse. The toylike quality of the boats, cargo, and crew becomes more apparent with each page, so it is no surprise when the bathtub setting is revealed. In the end, a smiling, freshly washed, pajama-clad youngster is taken off to bed, while his still-dripping playthings rest contentedly at tubs edge. The simplicity of both narrative and pictures makes this story a strong choice for children.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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About the Author

Kevin Lewis's picture books are known for their boisterous boy appeal and irresistible sounds, which make them perfect for reading aloud. He and Daniel Kirk also collaborated on Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck Is Stuck! Kevin lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786856157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786856152
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Lewis is the author of My Truck Is Stuck!, The Lot at the End of My Block, and Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo. He is a children'’s book editor and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Tomson on May 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not as good as chugga chugga choo choo, which both of my kids love. The pictures are just as good, but the text is not as dynamic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Germain on May 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am dismayed to see that this book does not have a 5-star average rating on amazon. This is one of my one-year-old son's absolute favorites - the story is darling (for me, even more endearing than the better-known "Chugga Chugga Choo Choo" by the same author). The book follows a heroic little tugboat as it goes about its daily tasks - moving barges, hauling cargo, etc. Slowly, as you proceed through the story, rubber ducks and bars of soap start appearing among the more realistic maritime imagery. In the end, it turns out the tugboat is a beloved bath toy of a little boy who returns to play with it night after night in the tub.

I love these books by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk. They perfectly capture the incredible power of young imaginations and the sincere joy found in childhood play. Young readers will love the beautiful colorful images and the repetitive sounds ("toot-toot" and "scoot-scoot"). And most adults will find this book very well-written and easy-to-read and will find the story incredibly touching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wylie on June 9, 2009
Format: Board book
We lOVE this book! We haven't read the other Lewis/Kirk books, so don't have them to compare, but on its own this book has been an all time favorite in our house! Tugga tugga tug boat, push and pull and float boat...I think I have all of the words memorized! The words are simple and very appropriate for toddlers. I just wish it came in board book form so I could let my one year old look at the book without my close supervision. So, if some say this book isn't nearly as good as the other Lewis/Kirk books, then we look forward to reading those as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Two on September 17, 2012
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I ordered this book after my son fell in love with another book by this author & illustrator. The rhyming and storyline in this book is great. I love how the illustration evolves from real life characters to toys as you realize the story stems from a boy's imagination as he plays with his toys in the bathtub before bed. The flow of the story is a little off though. You start a sentence and it finishes on the next page. My son likes to pause to point out boats and ducks and what not's in the pictures, and so we stop mid sentence to talk about the pictures and it just doesn't flow right. He still enjoys the book though and asks for it before bed, "tugga tugga".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Checked this book out at the library for my 11 month old and it was an instant hit. The story is short and sweet, making this a perfect anytime or bedtime read. The book has a nice rhythm and reading it with added high-pitched "toot toot"s and "scoot scoot"s makes it quite engaging. Plus, my little one enjoys identifying the rubber ducks, birds, boats, etc on every page. She begs to read this over and over again... book goes back to library tomorrow, but we be picking up our very own copy.
I have Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, but my baby girl doesn't seem as interested in that yet...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krista on December 26, 2011
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My son's first language is Polish. At age 3, he is starting to learn English. This is a perfect book for reading in English for him. He already knows entire book by heart. For a while, we have been reading it every night before bed. At the beginning he was so excited about the tugboat and big tanker scheme that he started to draw tankers and tugboats. We bought a used book for ~5$ (including shipping) and received a book that looked completely new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on July 24, 2011
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We LOVE Kevin Lewis's books, and this is our favorite. The rhymes are great, the illustrations are colorful, and this particular one has such an adorable "surprise" ending that it makes me smile every time. Our six month old stares at me with a fascinated look on his face when I'm reading this book because the rhythm of the rhymes is so captivating.

Buy this book. And "My Truck Is Stuck". You will love them as much as your kids do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michaela R. Johnson on December 5, 2013
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I cannot get enough of the books from these two. The pictures, the wording - the way it rhymes. It's become a morning, naptime, and nuh-nite staple. They almost read like sing-song making them easy to memorize. I love that they play out the day from beginning to nighttime.
My son absolutely adores them. I cannot wait for them to come out with an airplane one - as he loves the train and the tugboat!
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