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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Skid & the too Tiny Tunnel - Jeffery Stoddard (Picture Book)

Released January 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Skid lives between Mt. Grimly and Mt. Granite where he does his best to stay out of the way of the larger construction machinery. While the bulldozer named Pillar tells him that his work is important, Skid isn't convinced.

One day, while the bigger trucks and equipment were digging a tunnel in the mountain, the tunnel collapses. Everyone makes it out in time except for Pillar who is now trapped. Skid is the only piece of equipment small enough to fit into the tunnel. It's up to him to see if he has the strength to save Pillar.

Cute illustrations and a likable story kept this reader involved with the story. It's kind of a retelling of The Little Engine that Could that both boys and girls will love. I liked that while the basic premise of following through no matter how scary it may seem remained true, but Skid faced a little more adversity with his challenge.

The illustrations suit the story beautifully, they aren't too showy, but are colorful enough to capture the feel of the setting. Bulldozers and other construction equipment aren't clean and shiny, and I, for one, appreciate that the illustrator stayed true to that fact. The machines are dusty and the tunnel does come across as dark and spooky, without being too spooky for the younger reader.

All in all, I definitely think Skid and the Too Tiny Tunnel is a great read and one that parents should consider adding to their child's book shelf.

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