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Toot and Pop!

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Pop, the tiny tugboat, works hard helping all the big boats in the harbor. That is, until the day a huge new ship, Toot, is launched. Toot doesn't want help from anyone—especially Pop. But when Toot runs into trouble, it's up to little Pop to come to the rescue!

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Overview

Pop, the tiny tugboat, works hard helping all the big boats in the harbor. That is, until the day a huge new ship, Toot, is launched. Toot doesn't want help from anyone—especially Pop. But when Toot runs into trouble, it's up to little Pop to come to the rescue!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If Braun (Back to Bed, Ed!) were a less skilled illustrator, his story of Pop, a tiny hardworking tugboat that saves an arrogant-turned-grateful tanker named Toot, could be tiresome in its earnestness. But his cheery artwork and saturated preschool palette are hard to resist, even if this is a book in which “That’s what friends are for!” and “It’s all in a day’s work” are the extent of the wrapup. Braun imagines a toylike harbor where just about everything has a smiling face and googly eyes; thick black outlines, colors that are not quite flat (the purple-lavender water is especially nice), and an impressive assortment of framings give the pages surprising energy. Pop is also a big plus, so to speak: he’s so small that he literally has to look up to everyone (just like the target audience), but he’s competent and ever the optimist. Thomas the Tank Engine and Little Toot have nothing to worry about, but Braun’s story should hold readers’ attention and maybe even inspire some bathtub re-enactments. Ages 2–5. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Pop, an industrious tugboat, loves safely guiding the big boats from the harbor out to sea. When he meets enormous Toot, he's excited to help him, but arrogant Toot is sure he doesn't need assistance. He powers up and heads out alone, but all he manages to do is create havoc in the harbor and crash into the seawall. A chagrined Toot is scolded by the harbormaster and pulled into dry dock by Pop, who graciously accepts the bigger boat's apology by saying, "That's what friends are for." The text is incorporated into the illustrations by virtue of its placement, and large fonts are used for emphasis. Braun's uncluttered illustrations feature thick black lines, bright colors, expressive eyes, and understated smiles and frowns. The characters' eyes and speech are reminiscent of Thomas the Tank Engine and therefore might have a built-in fan base. A simple, straightforward story with an uplifting message.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
A big ship slaps the helping hand of a little tugboat in Braun's straightforward tale of reckoning. Pop the tug lives in a harbor populated with grand boats, presented by Braun on magnetic two-page spreads in the bold, thick colors of first-grade art class. The scenes bustle with purpose and the pleasure that comes with being engaged in work that you like; Pop squires his heavy loads with the easy hand of experience. Smiles grace all the elements of the picture, from the crane to the lighthouse. Then a great big new ship, Toot by name, all high and mighty with the arrogance of the clueless, arrives and declines Pop's offer of a towrope. "I'm big and strong. I don't need help from anyone, especially you." Toot proceeds to run into the seawall, gets dressed down by the harbormaster and humbly accepts Pop's tow back to the boatyard. There is a high degree of charm in the baldness of this pint-sized parable. The pacing is pleasingly swift, and the mood is upbeat. And it is impossible not to be smitten by a book with such ingenuous opening words: "This is Pop. Hello, Pop!" A jaunty, minimalist drama that radiates a sense that all will be right by the time the sun goes down. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077509
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 211,177
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

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