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"Guzzle, guzzle, drip and drool, who is drinking all my fuel?"
When Hansel and Diesel set out to search for fuel in their junkyard, they leave a path of nuts and bolts behind to show their way home. But when snow falls and they get lost, brother and sister truck have to fight the Wicked Winch all by themselves -- until their parents find the trail in the melting snow. David Gordon's twist on the traditional Brothers Grimm tale shows the importance of family and caring for those you love.
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David Gordon is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery as well as The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Rigs. He has also done concept work for Pixar's Toy Story I and II; A Bug's Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars, as well as the hit Nickelodeon cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants. He helped design the characters in BlueSky's feature film Robots. Dave Gordon lives in New York City, where he continues to create stories for children.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2–Gordon's third tricked-up automotive interpretation of a familiar children's tale is Grimm with a gimmick: Hansel and Diesel are sibling pickup trucks (so the text reads, though they're pictured as flatbeds) who wander from their junkyard home in search of fuel (trailing bolts in lieu of bread crumbs) and into the clutches of the Wicked Winch. She lives in the most beautiful gas station they could have imagined...right in the middle of the junkyard! When the thirsty little vehicles help themselves to deep glugs of her warm gasoline, the Winch inquires, Guzzle, guzzle, drip and drool, who is drinking all my fuel? The little ones are saved from the jaws of her ominous metal shredder by their worried parents, who push the winch to her just reward and admonish their evilly gleeful-looking kids: Don't you ever leave home and scare us like that again! The junkyard-as-forest is effectively rendered, with bleak towers of snow-covered tires giving readers an idea of the relative diminutiveness of the duo, and the candy-land confection of a gas station is an able stand-in for the classic house of bread and cakes. Among the missing are the familial tensions that serve as the original story's energy source, and the girl-power rescue that makes quick-thinking Gretel a particular favorite. Fans of Gordon's The Ugly Truckling (2004) and The Three Little Rigs (2005, both HarperCollins)–which put in shameless-self-promotion cameo appearances here–will probably overlook what's lacking, but others may want to stick with something closer to the original.–Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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