Alexander, Lori Backhoe Joe, illustrated by Craig Cameron. PICTURE BOOK. Harper, 2014. $16. Content: G.
While Nolan is playing with rocks, he finds lost backhoe – really, a lost full-sized backhoe. Nolan tempts him closer with a line of rocks and together the two head home. Unfortunately Backhoe Joe is not trained, so he causes chaos around the house until Nolan has a great idea. On their way home, however, Nolan sees that someone else is missing Joe – and Nolan knows he needs to return Joe to his real home.
Alexander and Cameron do a great job of anthropomorphizing a backhoe as a possible pet. And what little boy (or girl) doesn’t love heavy equipment or playing in the dirt? Break out the construction toys for this great pre-school read aloud.
Pre-K – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS