Turtle Tug to the Rescue

illus. by Michael Slack. 40p. Holt. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627791946.
PreS-Gr 2—Next in Slack's hybrid animal/vehicle series is a book about a sea turtle who doubles as an ocean rescue tugboat. As in Monkey Truck and Elecopter, the adventure of this new animal/machine crossbreed provides just the right combination of fun and sincerity. After all, Turtle Tug isn't just out for a joy ride; he's busy rescuing a seal pup stuck in a treacherous surf, a whale tangled in fishing netting, and a squid entrapped in human plastic pollution. The nail-biting narrative chugs effortlessly alongside Slack's bright and bold digital artwork, which helps drive the action. The eye-catching illustrations matched with the clever rhyming verse amplify the tale's read-aloud appeal, and the happy ending ("From stem to stern,/he's loyal as can be./A special sea vessel,/steward of the sea") will have toddlers cheering for this turtle tug.
VERDICT Pair this engaging read-aloud with Kevin Sherry's Turtle Island for an exciting sea turtle storytime. Purchase where other titles in the series are popular or where animal or vehicle rescue materials fly off the shelves.

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