Mighty Tug

illus. by David Mottram. 40p. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Jan. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481476812.
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.

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