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Axle Annie

Axle Annie

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by Robin Pulver, Tedd Arnold
     
 

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Winter packs a wallop in Burskyville. But it doesn't matter how hard it snows, because Axle Annie is the best school bus driver around. "Do snowplows plow? Do tow trucks tow? . . . Of course I can make it up Tiger Hill," she says, and that's why the schools never close. The laziest bus driver in town is not pleased at all. He comes up with a scheme to keep Axle Annie

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Winter packs a wallop in Burskyville. But it doesn't matter how hard it snows, because Axle Annie is the best school bus driver around. "Do snowplows plow? Do tow trucks tow? . . . Of course I can make it up Tiger Hill," she says, and that's why the schools never close. The laziest bus driver in town is not pleased at all. He comes up with a scheme to keep Axle Annie off the road. But he's not counting on Annie's gumption. Of course she'll make it up Tiger Hill-won't she?

"With hilarious over-the-top characters, this satisfyingly outrageous tale will tickle readers' funny bones." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Arnold's cartoons add just the right amount of humor." (School Library)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On wintry days, the Burskyville school superintendent calls school bus driver Axle Annie to see whether she can drive her route: "If you say no, I'll close the schools. My decision depends on you." Annie always answers, "Do snowplows plow? Do tow trucks tow? Are school buses yellow? Of course I'll make it up Tiger Hill!" Thanks to her, the local schools never have a snow day. This enrages Shifty Rhodes, a lazy bus driver whose very name suggests icy conditions. With a crooked ski-resort owner (aptly called Hale Snow), Shifty conspires to use a snowmaking machine on Tiger Hill. Needless to say, Annie (with a little help from her friends) rises to the challenge. Pulver (Nobody's Mother Is in Second Grade) creates a memorable character in Annie, who welcomes both children and stranded motorists aboard her bus. Arnold (Green Wilma; Huggly Takes a Bath) portrays her as a woman who joyously greets a snowstorm by standing in front of an open window. Annie's excited smile never leaves her face, and she sports a brown leather aviator's jacket, a woolly flight cap and goggles when she takes the wheel. True, Annie pushes the envelope of safety, and the author doesn't account for the glee of Annie's young passengers, who can't wait to get to school. Nevertheless, this lively tale of an idiosyncratic bus driver may warm a chilly crowd on a would-be snow day. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pulver (Homer and the House Next Door, 1994, etc.) delivers a rambunctious wintry tall tale about how a valiant bus driver, Axle Annie, defeats a dastardly scheme concocted by fellow driver Shifty Rhodes. Annie is famous in her town of Burskyville for her amazing ability to maneuver her bus through any snowstorm. Not even the specter of the towering incline known as Tiger Hill can intimidate her. Thus the Burskyville schools never close, much to the disgruntlement of Shifty, who'd like a snow day now and then. When Shifty conspires with Hale Snow, owner of a local ski resort, to whip up a doozy of a snowstorm on Tiger Hill (with a little help from Hale's snowmaking machine), it appears that Annie has met her match. However, her generosity in the past to all the stranded motorists is returned when they push her up the hill. With hilarious, over-the-top characters, this satisfyingly outrageous tale will tickle readers' funny bones. Arnold's spunky illustrations capture the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the text and his characterization of the curmudgeonly Shifty help make this blustery tale the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142300145
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
599,537
Product dimensions:
10.98(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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