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The Cranky Day and other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) [Paperback]

By Britt Allcroft (Author) & David Mitton (Photographer)
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Item description for The Cranky Day and other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R)) by Britt Allcroft & David Mitton...

Offers a collection of tales featuring Cranky the crane, Percy the little green engine, Sir Topham Hatt, and other characters from the world of Thomas the tank engine.

Publishers Description

Join Thomas & Friends for three exciting adventures on the Island of Sodor. These fun-filled train tales are sure to please boys ages 3-7.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 8" Height: 0.11"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2000
Publisher   Random House Books for Young Readers
Age  2-5
Series  Thomas & Friends  
ISBN  0375802460  
ISBN13  9780375802461  
UPC  090129003259  

Availability  0 units.

More About Britt Allcroft & David Mitton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! In the early 1940s, a loving father crafted a small, blue, wooden engine for his son, Christopher. The stories that this father, the Reverend W. Awdry, made up to accompany this wonderful toy were first published in 1945. He continued to create new adventures and characters until 1972 when he retired from writing. Reverend W Awdry died in 1997 at age 85.

Britt Allcroft has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Thomas & Friends

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Cranky Day and other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Thomas & Friends) (Pictureback(R))?

stories don't make sense  Sep 15, 2007
Most of these stories don't flow naturally. Story points jump around. And the pictures too often don't go with the story being told. Many of these "read to me" books will have something a bit off, but this is the worst offender.
A Crane, A Collapse, And A Complete Mess  Jul 20, 2005
Three stories, Cranky Bugs, Put-Upon Percy, and Lady Hatt's Birthday. These are in keeping with the television show, but not the original stories by Reverend Awdry. For instance you will notice references to Sir Topham Hatt as he is known on television (in the books he is The Fat Controller).

In Cranky Bugs, Thomas and Percy have to deal with a new crane at the docks. Cranky, the crane, does not like small engines but learns his lesson.

Put-Upon Percy has Percy working very hard and getting very dirty. But after some excitement at the mines, Percy is rewarded with having a new coat of paint put upon him.

Finally, Sir Topham Hatt has trouble getting to Lady Hatt's birthday celebration. Utilizing many vehicles, and getting dirtier with each one, he manages to get to the celebration just in time.

Each of the three stories is illustrated with stills from the television show. Some are small and some are large. While it may seem absurd to an adult that a piece up burlap can hold back an avalanche (in Put-Upon Percy), kids really enjoy these stories.
You'll be cranky!  Jul 31, 2004
Please don't confuse this Read To Me series with other Thomas the Tank books. For instance, Catch me, Catch me is called a Pictureback Reader, and although it is meant for 4 or 5 year olds to learn how to read, my 21 month old loves it--the extremely simple text is all her attention span can take. The Cranky Day, however, has a lot of writing and is meant for the longer attention spans of 3 or 4 plus year olds. I don't like the tiny photos for pictures where the text takes up just as much room as the photos, and I agree with another reviewer that the photos are dark. The full page drawings in Catch Me Catch Me are much better, as are the simplistic drawings in Thomas the Tank Engines Big Blue Treasury. Depends upon the age of the child I guess, when it comes to selecting Thomas books!
Story needs editing  Jun 16, 2004
While my three year old son recognizes his favorite Thomas characters, this book is poorly written and edited. The first story, "Cranky Bugs" is especially annoying because little sensitivity was used to match the pictures with the text. It is bad enough that the text is taken straight from the video tape, but some editing would greatly improve the stories. How sad that the Britt Allcroft empire has reduced the original, wonderful stories from Rev. Awdry to such rubbish.
Three stories in one book.  May 11, 2002
THE CRANKY DAY is made up of three stories: Cranky Bugs, Put-Upon Percy, and Lady Hatt's Birthday Party. This inexpensive paperback is perfect for the Thomas fan. It has the colorful photographic "illustrations" that look like the series we're familiar with. This one is REALLY popular with my Thomas fans, and you can read the stories one at a time or all three at once. But beware -- when you're finished they're going to want you to read it again! and again! and again!

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