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Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Sharpest Tool in the Shed

by David Michael Slater

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Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
The central character, Nick, a young saw, already has several broken teeth and is the butt of many of the tool shed jokes, while no one finds Nick's attempts at humor funny or even bothers to listen to him. When a fire erupts, however, and none of the older tools know what to do, Nick goes into action. With help from Bessie the Cow, Nick manages to cut down a tree that falls in such a way that the children of the family can safely escape through an upstairs window. Once back in the shed, somewhat battered and singed, Nick finally feels appreciated and is pleased when all the other tools applaud him. Opportunities for learning were missed in not showing what different tools can do. The humor of the book depends on puns and word play. Characters with names such as Mike Hammer, Pick Tracy, and Don Hoe may be more recognizable to adults than to younger readers. The final "cutting the cheese" humor seems inappropriate both in the story and for the intended audience. At the back of the book, there is an About the Author section and five, simple reading comprehension questions. The Sharpest Tool in the Shed is part of the new Magic Wagon Series of books from the Abdo Publishing Group. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry

Product Details

ABDO Publishing
Publication date:
David Michael Slater: Missy Swiss & More
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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