cover image The Little Snowplow

The Little Snowplow

Lora Koehler, illus. by Jake Parker. Candlewick, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7074-0

When a small blue snowplow joins the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the larger trucks doubt his abilities. “It might be too much for a little snowplow. We’d probably have to help,” says one of the seasoned trucks, which have headlights for eyes and grilles for mouths. But the snowplow trains hard, clearing streams, pushing fall leaves, and hauling concrete blocks. When a blizzard arrives, he singlehandedly digs a dump truck out from underneath an avalanche and pulls it free. Debut author Koehler fills her story with vehicular action that will appeal to young gearheads (“The little snowplow plunged his plow into the avalanche debris”), while Parker’s illustrations balance cutely characterized trucks with mid-blizzard drama. Ages 3–7. [em]Illustrator’s agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Oct.) [/em]