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Little Engines Can Do Big Things (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) [Paperback]

By Random House (Author) & Ted Gadecki (Illustrator)
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Thomas the Tank Engine makes a perilous trip to bring back Lady, the Golden Engine, and restore the Magic Railroad to life.

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From working in the scrapyard to working together, Thomas proves that little engines can do big things in this Pictureback filled with photos from the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 8.01" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2000
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  2-5
Series  Thomas & Friends  
ISBN  0375805532  
ISBN13  9780375805530  
UPC  090129003259  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Little Engines Can Do Big Things (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R))?

Very disappointing  May 15, 2006
Definitely pay attention to who the authors are for these books. Other books are much better than this one. The story line is weak at best and neither my son nor I want to read it.
Magic isn't needed!  Jan 2, 2006
Stay away from the Thomas stories that involve magic. These stories are poorly written, and introduce an element (magic) that is both not nescessary and, in my opinion, cultish. The original author, Rev. W. Audry, was a Christian father writing to his sick son, and the first stories were filled with Christian morals that, though subtle, are prevalent even today. The tv show is a good example of clean, fun stories that teach kids how to work in harmony with peers of all types (and colors).

Stay away from this new disturbing trend that finds Thomas on the "magic railroad" or needing "gold dust" to fix a problem. These aren't the stories kids and parents fell in love with.
Is Lady A Zombie?  Jul 2, 2005
We love everything Thomas, and to be truthful my son gives this a thumbs-up, but I think it's a little sub-par for most Thomas books.

As noted by a previous reviewer, the artwork is very simplistic and unlike many other Thomas books there is nothing noteworthy in the background to talk about with your young Thomas fan.

In this story, Henry is not feeling well, and Thomas has been made to feel unimportant by Gordon and James. Still, Thomas tells Henry that he will go and get 'special' coal for him so that he can feel better.

In the process of obtaining this coal, Thomas stumbles across the *Magic Railroad*. Percy tells Thomas all about the legend. "The engines had heard of the legend of the Magic Railroad and of the beautiful golden engine called Lady, who gave the railroad its magic power. Lady had disappeared long ago, and the Magic Railroad had disappeared with her."

Thomas overcomes his fears, enters the boundary to wherever it is that Lady has been and brings her back to Sodor.

Now all of this would be fine and dandy for me, except for the way that they draw Lady--which is nothing like the nice picture they have of her on the front cover. Honesty, it is just a little weird. Unlike all of the other Steamies, she is portrayed as staring blankly off into the distance. Zombie-like. Whites showing equally, all around her pupils.

Two Stars. Print too small for young children to read. Drawings very simplistic and uninteresting. And Lady, just a little out-of-it.
One of the nice, affordable paperbacks.  May 11, 2002
I'm not sure the story made sense in LITTLE ENGINES CAN DO BAD THINGS, but the Thomas fans will still like it. Its pictures are in bright primary colors, but it uses simplistic drawings rather than the Thomas photographs of the other Britt Allcroft Thomas books. And there's nothing in the background of the pictures to talk about with the kids. We like to read a book over and over and sometimes stop and discuss every picture, so nothing to talk about is a drawback. This is one of those great Thomas paperbacks that are inexpensive, making it easy to collect lots of them.
Upbeat message in book  Nov 30, 2000
The book has a very positive message for children, and my son loves it. The only drawback is that it skirts around the plot of the movie on which it is based. Diesel 10 is not even mentioned, so the central plot of the movie is not conveyed. This is fine, unless your child wants the book because he loved the movie. Lady and Thomas are there, and being really useful makes them heroes.

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