Item description for Diesel 10 Means Trouble (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) by Random House & Richard Courtney...
Overview When challenged by Diesel 10, Thomas and his fellow steam engines set out to prove him wrong by showing that they are simply better than diesel engines. Original.
Publishers Description Diesel 10 thinks that steam engines are useless and that diesels are the Really Useful Engines. Find out how Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends prove him wrong in this delightful photographic Pictureback!
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 8" Height: 0.13" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 27, 2000
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Series Thomas & Friends
ISBN 0375805524 ISBN13 9780375805523 UPC 090129003259
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Diesel 10 Means Trouble (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R))?
This Diesel Stinks! Feb 20, 2008
There is a lot of awful stuff being published in the name of children's entertainment. As the father of a two-year-old, I've read a lot of it (over and over again, usually). But Diesel 10 Means Trouble has to be one of the worst.
Despite having seen several episodes of Thomas and Friends into the dozens of times (I could perform an impromptu one-man show of a couple from the Milkshake Muddle DVD), I've got a soft spot for the little blue engine and his Protestant work ethic (misguided though it may be).
Which leads me to the main reason that Diesel 10 Means Trouble rubbed me the wrong way: it's simply not written like the other books. First off, it's one of the few actually credited to an author: the show's one-time producer, Britt Allcroft.
Whether she's a good producer I can't say, but she's a horrible writer. Where the other books are painstakingly crafted to a certain reading level, Allcroft mixes large and small words with seemingly no thought of the book's audience, or to any sort of narrative flow.
The story of Diesel 10 Means Trouble is utterly ridiculous. Fans of the show will wonder where such characters as Mr. Conductor and Lady the Golden Engine came from, and what the devil "magic gold dust" has to do with it all.
(Some parents have expressed disappointment at Diesel 10's negative qualities, but I think that's silly. First of all, he's the best part of the book -- I love a good villain, and I really enjoy reading his part aloud. And second, how are kids supposed to learn to tell "right" from "wrong" if they're not exposed to "wrong" once in a while.)
But possibly all the explanation that is needed is that this book was adapted from the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the attempt at a feature film that was produced, written, and directed by Allcroft. Purists can't stand it, and its failure at the box office directly led to Allcroft's resignation from HIT Entertainment.
I mean, come on, anything that stinks that bad shouldn't be allowed indoors, right? My recommendation is to avoid it, even if it is given to you as a gift. Then again, your mileage may vary, and, of course, if your kid loves it (like mine does), you're simply out of luck. Whatever the case, Diesel 10 definitely means trouble.
An awful story! Feb 19, 2008
This story was not in line with ANY other Thomas the Train stories. It was really an awful story with Diesel 10 ....well, getting hurt or dying, or something! It's never quite clear, but obviously SOMETHING happens to him and the rest of the trains obviously don't care b/c he was so mean in the story. I gave this to my son for his 3rd birthday last week and hadn't read it before I wrapped it. Very sorry I purchased it, am actually going to put it in the trash. There's no good lesson or even decent story in this book. Don't buy it!
We love this! Feb 9, 2008
This book is essentially a companion to the Thomas and the Magic Railroad Movie. It has similar lines and phrases, and my son was especially drawn to it because he loves Diesel 10. This was not a very good bedtime book because my son got so excited during the chase scene toward the end. However, this is a beloved book by all of us during the day! =)
Mindblowingly terrible Nov 9, 2006
This is the book that has taught me never to buy a children's book without reading it first. I'm sure we've all bought some books that haven't lived up to our expectations, but this one goes way, way beyond that. I don't know what the author was thinking when she wrote this book, and I don't know what the publisher was thinking when they let it go to press! (Unless, I don't know, they were thinking that anything in the Thomas line will sell...)
I was familiar with Diesel 10 before buying this book. He appears in the "Calling All Engines" movie and my son, for whatever reason, really likes him. In that movie, he is not a terrible character. At first he comes across as tough and scary and the other engines are afraid to approach him, but in the end he comes through and helps the other engines with the massive amount of work they have to do before tourist season can begin in Sodor. So he kind of teaches the lesson not to always go on first impressions and not to be afraid to ask for help.
In this book, however, he is nothing but evil. There is no positive message to be gained from this story. He wants to destroy the steam engines and enlists the help of his friends to do so. The book ends with Diesel 10's presumed demise, falling into a river as he crosses a bridge that has just broken up as Lady and Thomas have crossed. I suspect, however, that like Jason Vohees and Freddy Kruger, Diesel 10 will be back.
Beyond Diesel 10's meanness, however, this story is just bizarre. It almost sounds as if a four year old wrote it, what with how new characters and new plot elements are introduced so haphazardly.
My husband has re-named this book, "Thomas and the Underground Cocaine Smuggling Ring," and it's not very far fetched as a title. As you read this story, try mentally putting "cocaine" in place of "magic gold dust." Depending on your point of view, you'll either be horrified at how well it works our or you'll laugh yourself sick. Sir Toppam Hat goes on vacation and is replaced by Mr. Conductor who inexplicably rides around in a cloud of magic gold dust. Mr. Conductor laments that he has lost all of his sparkle and needs more magic gold dust. Thomas makes a trip up the mountain to fetch Lady who is the source of the magic gold dust.
I think the author was using some of that magic gold dust when she wrote the story!
Frankly, this book belongs in the trash, and not on your child's bookshelf. But it's so, so out there that I feel inclined to hold on to it if for no other reason than to show it to people and say, "Can you believe this was ever written?" And so far, every one's reaction has been, "What the ----?" And I really, actually, suggest you find it in a bookstore and read it just to see how crazy it is, but I don't suggest you buy it. There are many other Thomas books to choose from.
My son thinks we have lost this book. I won't read it to him any more. I am really disturbed by his attraction to Diesel 10 which has persisted even after reading this book. I tried to make a lesson out of how mean Diesel 10 is and how the other engines don't like him, but all my son can see is that Diesel 10 likes to smash things. What preschool-aged boy doesn't also like smashing things? This book is out of our rotation because there is nothing positive to be gained from it but there are many negatives.
Stay away from this book!!! Jan 2, 2006
"We're going to make life miserable for those steaming heaps of trash on wheels" Diesel 10 bellows. "Diesel 10 Means Trouble" could be called trash in paperback.
I strongly urge parents of Thomas the train fans to avoid this book like the plague. I'm not sure what the author was thinking when he wrote it, but I couldn't find one redeeming quality among the pages of hate and rage spewing from the bad guy, Diesel 10. It seems his sole purpose in life is to kill all the steam engines, while he himself is violently killed at the end. Who in their right mind thought up this nutty story?!
And for you history buffs, the creator of Thomas the train was Reverend W. Awdry, a Christian father writing to his son, and it would be hard to deny that simple Christian morals can be found laced throughout the many Thomas stories children have come to love. This book strays from these morals by introducing magic, particulary gold dust, and fails to explain why this gold dust is needed on the Island of Sodor in the first place.
Like I said, don't bother with this terrible Thomas book! The many negative this site reviews can't be wrong. Hopefully the editors think better before marketing such a scary, hateful story in the future.