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Mighty Tug
Contributor(s): Capucilli, Alyssa Satin, Mottram, David (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481476815     ISBN-13: 9781481476812
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: From early in the morning until time to say, "Good night," Mighty Tug works in the busy harbor, guiding cargo ships, pulling barges, and helping with rescues.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Tugboats; Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Sounds
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017014402
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #1)

Mighty Tug has a full day of work on the New York City waterfront: "All aboard! Here I come, busy harbor!" Huge vessels loom over her but never begrudge her help; in fact, they greet Mighty Tug with smiles and almost courtly politeness ("Will you guide us in?"). Capucilli's rhyming text includes some crowd-pleasing sound effects but also hits some choppy waters ("Small but oh so strong, she splashes toward shore,/ where the pigeons peck and the seagulls roar!") and tends to rely on rhetorical questions to move the narrative forward ("What's next in the busy, busy harbor?"). Mottram's digitally manipulated paintings are more successful: subtle anthropomorphism gives the characters a toylike appeal, and the compositions have a shimmery, aquatic texture well suited to the setting. Some readers may yearn for more drama or conflict than the brief fire episode that concludes the book, but it's refreshing to encounter a small-in-stature character who never doubts herself or feels compelled to curry favor with those bigger than her. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Liza Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

PreS-Gr 1—Mighty Tug may be little but she works hard from morning to night in the busy New York harbor. She tows a cargo ship, a big barge, some stray rafts, a ferry, and a container ship before calling it a day. "But wait! A speedy fireboat stacked with hoses and jugs cries out, 'Sound the alarm! Will you help us, Mighty Tug?' Ready as ever, and oh so brave, the mighty little tug leads the way across the waves!" Young readers will enjoy the onomatopoeia from the wake-up and goodnight song of "Clang Clang Clang Clang" to the tide going "Splish Splash Splish Splash" and a "Vroom Vroom Vroom" as the little red boat heads to shore. Rings, beeps, and rumbles round out the day, "All are safe in the busy, busy harbor. With a wave of her flag, Mighty Tug turns away. She's tired, but so proud of her busy harbor day." Fans of Stephen Savage's Little Tug and Gertrude Crampton and Tibor Gergely's Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River will enjoy this ode to a little hero. The digitally composed illustrations in watercolor and gouache portray the boats, big and small, with human expressions reminiscent of those in Thomas the Tank Engine, while the city appears in simple, graphic shapes in the background. VERDICT A sweet addition to the small but mighty subgenre, perfect for storytime and one-on-one sharing.—Barbara Auerbach, Formerly at New York City Public Schools

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