Synopses & Reviews
This construction vehicle with an attitude loves every second of his dirty job!
For fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train comes a noisy addition to the hilarious read-aloud series from Kate and Jim McMullan, the popular creators of I'm Bad! and I Stink!
Clank! Rattle! Bang!
Who's making all that noise?
Backhoe Loader, reporting for duty.
"As they did in I Stink! and I'm Mighty!, these creative collaborators introduce a spunky anthropomorphic character in this case a backhoe loader who relishes his dirty work. 'Who's got a boom, a dipper stick, and a bucket with a row of chompers? Me! And that's just my rear end,' he announces proudly. After a flatbed truck carries him to a lot filled with discarded items, the backhoe digs in with gusto, providing an alliterative countdown as he cleans up 10 torn-up truck tires, nine fractured fans, eight busted beach umbrellas, etc. 'Hope ya like noise,' he says gleefully, as he drops his load in a dumpster, creating quite a din ('Clank! Bang! Bong! Clunk!'). The cheerful, chatty fellow then uproots a tree stump ('Aw Stumpie loosen up') and fills in the hole, a job he deems a 'piece of cake. Make that a mud cake with dirt sprinkles and a scoop of Rocky Road.' After taking a mud bath and flattening out the lot, the machine, much to his delight, is dirty indeed. Energetic illustrations capture these mucky goings-on with a large dollop of humor, as type of varying sizes cavorts playfully across the pages. Abundant sound effects make this a high-spirited read-aloud." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Clank! Rattle! Bang! Who's making all that noise? Backhoe Loader, reporting for duty. Cleaning up a mess? Easy as pie. Make that a mud pie. RRRRRM! RRRRRM! Who wants to be clean when it's so much fun being dirty? Clunk! I just LOVE my job!
About the Author
Kate McMullan is the author of many books for young readers, including Meg's Prairie Diary, a historical fiction trilogy set in St. Louis and Kansas in 1856. Ms. McMullan lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband and collaborator, noted illustrator Jim McMullan, their daughter, two cats, and a dog.