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Blue Boat Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When a family's sailboat breaks down on a stormy day, a tug named Blue Boat is called to the rescue. "Missing rudder,/broken fin—/wild nor'easter/blowing in!" The smiling vessel serenely chugs across the choppy water toward a sailboat carrying adults, children, and a dog, all wide-eyed with terror. The boat's red and blue stand out brilliantly against the flat grays of the water and sky, but there is little of visual interest to those who aren't die-hard tugboat fans. The minimal, rhyming text struggles to recall Watty Piper's The Little Engine That Could but is marred by a limping meter and peculiar word choices. Readers are likely to be confused by lines like "Raise the bridge,/tender crew—/rescue boats/coming through!" VERDICT Pass on this one unless you have throngs of young tugboat fanatics clamoring for new books.—Rachel Anne Mencke, St. Matthew's Parish School, Pacific Palisades, CA
Reviews for Blue Boat:
"Readers who are entertaining dreams of captaining a ship someday will celebrate the brave efforts of this 'rough, tough tugboat.'"--Publishers Weekly
"With plenty of sound effects and opportunities for call-and-response, this will be a spirited pick for one-on-one or group storytime."--Booklist
Top customer reviews
My grandson loves this charming, action-packed story. And he especially loves Blue Boat. Highly recommended, along with the companion books Yellow Copter and Red Truck.