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The Thumb in the Box
     

The Thumb in the Box

by Ken Roberts, Leanne Franson
 

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Leon and his friend Susan live in New Auckland, a small isolated fishing village on the coast of British Columbia. One day, the village receives an unexpected gift from the Government of Canada -- a fire truck. But New Auckland is surrounded by mountains and hugs a tiny beach. There are no roads, no cars, no fire hydrants.

What will the village do with its

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Leon and his friend Susan live in New Auckland, a small isolated fishing village on the coast of British Columbia. One day, the village receives an unexpected gift from the Government of Canada -- a fire truck. But New Auckland is surrounded by mountains and hugs a tiny beach. There are no roads, no cars, no fire hydrants.

What will the village do with its new truck? The man who comes to build the fire station brings with him a practical joke that scares the wits out of Leon and Susan -- a real live wiggling thumb, completely detached from its owner. Which will leave the biggest mark on the village -- the first vehicle most villagers have ever seen, or a simple joke?

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Leon Mazzei lives in the fishing village of New Aukland British Columbia. It is a small village with no road and few houses. Everyone travels by boat. One day the town's pet lion roars a warning. Realizing something is wrong, the townspeople, including Leon, work furiously to put out a fire in a shed. Unable to get much water just using a bucket brigade, the town leaders request a pump from their Member of Parliament. Instead of just filling their request, the MP (Member of Parliament) sends word they will receive an entire fire truck. Now most towns would celebrate their good fortune, however, this means the town must build a fire station and a road that they don't need. The town hires Little Charlie who, in reality, isn't so little, to build the firehouse. Along with his tools, Little Charlie brings a surprise that captures the imagination of the entire village and leads to Leon's plan, which in turn makes the whole town happy. Ken Roberts has created a fun story centered on an age-old trick. While written for beginning readers, Mr. Roberts effectively portrays New Aukland and the events that precede the receipt of the fire truck and includes an unexpected and fun ending. Leanne Franson's illustrations help bring clarity to the events. 2001, Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, $14.95 and $5.95. Ages 7 to 9. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554981656
Publisher:
Groundwood Books Ltd
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers, including Hiccup Champion of the World, Crazy Ideas, Pop Bottles, Nothing Wright, Past Tense (shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award) and two highly praised previous Thumb books — The Thumb in the Box and Thumb on a Diamond (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, SSLI Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List). Ken is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. She has illustrated the books in Ken Roberts' Thumb series.

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