Turtle Tug to the Rescue – by Michael Slack


 Turtle Tug to the Rescue – by Michael Slack, Henry Holt and Company, (9781627791946), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? A conscientious turtle tug boat patrols the ocean making sure sea creatures stay safe. His first mission is easy. He nudges a snoring seal onto its stomach; the snoring stops, and the seal’s pup can sleep. But when a tempest blows in, Turtle Tug faces the greater challenge with determination. He ends up rescuing puffins and a seal pup, and he even tows a whale tangled in fishing line to safety. At several points during the rescues, the catchy refrain, “Go, Turtle Tug, go!” repeats, which gives listeners a chance to join in. The cuteness factor is off the charts. Adorable characters and a gently compelling adventure compensate for the clunky rhyming prose. “He weathers rough waves, his bearings are set, towing his cargo to a harbored inlet.”

Anything you didn’t like about it?  How did ‘harbored’, a verb, survive the editorial process to make it into the book as an adjective?

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend especially to fans of the other books in the author’s animal rescue series, Monkey Truck and Elecopter.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/5/17

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