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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tugga-Tugga Tugboard (Board Book

Released June 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Alive with big, bold, bright, colorful illustrations, this board book for children ages two to five takes the young reader on a harbor cruise with a little red tugboat.

Tugga-tugga! Toot! Toot! There's lots of work to be done from guiding a big tanker through the waterway to towing a barge filled with containers. The action heats up when a fire breaks out on the barge, but the tug's crew manages to douse the flames with their water hoses. It’s a busy day for the tugboat as it scoots from one task to another.

A big surprise awaits the young reader at the end of the book when the final pages reveal that the "harbor" is actually a bathtub and the tug's captain really is a little boy bathing.

The lyrical, repetitive refrain used throughout the book will enable beginning readers to help read the story aloud. There's lots of alliteration ("Tugga-tugga tugboat / Bounce and bob and float, boat) and I liked the inclusion of the multi-cultural tug crew.

Also, after reading the book a few times, ask your child if he/she sees any clues that suggest this is actually a bathtub venue. (Hint: the yellow rubber ducky and large bar of soap mixed in with the containers!)

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