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October 12, 2015

Planes, trains and everything else

By Tom Angleberger, illustrated by John Hendrix
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series comes a wacky and witty tale about transportation.

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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Origami Yoda series comes a wacky and witty tale about transportation.

McToad likes Thursdays for one simple reason: He gets to mow Tiny Island—although getting his lawn mower there is not as simple as one may think. He has to transport his mower via truck, train, forklift, airplane, baggage buggy, helicopter, boat and crane before happily cutting the lawn—complete with lemonade break—and then reversing the whole process to return home.

Tom Angleberger collaborates with award-winning illustrator John Hendrix to produce a story that will capture the interest of both kids and adults. While the mere mention of mowing the lawn may raise adults’ ire, there are those who look forward to the oft-weekly routine. Aside from the love-hate task, there are plenty of other big machines to keep older readers amused as younger listeners and readers get caught up in McToad’s fascinating journey. Angleberger’s straightforward text is enhanced with creative and attention-grabbing fonts for each form of transportation. Much like the catchy, cumulative format in “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” Angleberger’s repetitive use of fonts engages young readers in McToad’s Thursday ritual. Hendrix’s colorful and hilarious illustrations, created with a combination of pen, ink and acrylics, turn McToad’s day into a madcap adventure.

An interactive read from beginning to end, McToad Mows Tiny Island is ideal for one-on-one story time or in a group setting.

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McToad Mows Tiny Island

McToad Mows Tiny Island

By Tom Angleberger, illustrated by John Hendrix
Abrams
ISBN 9781419716508

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