Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

Illustrated by David Gordon
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About The Book

Just because you’re extremely cute, doesn’t mean you can’t operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a fun, funny, and whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss!

Karen and the other extremely cute animals just want to build sand castles. But the terribly mean bullies Skyler, Mike, and Trent keep knocking them down! So Karen and her friends get another idea. They’ll build something the bullies can’t knock down, something even bigger and better than a sand castle...

It’s a good thing being excessively cute doesn’t prevent you from operating heavy machinery!

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

David Gordon has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 2016)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416924418
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD580L

Raves and Reviews

"A rousing read-aloud: expect giggles...It’s cheeky evidence of the power of killing them with kindness—and cuteness."

– Publisher's Weekly, February 15, 2016

"The combination of cute animals and construction equipment will delight a wide range of readers."

– Booklist, April 15, 2016

"A recommended storytime purchase...this child’s playground fantasy features a message of inclusiveness and empowerment, showing that even extremely cute creatures can stand up for themselves."

– School Library Journal, June 2016

"Darling little creatures show surprising moxie...and mercy triumphs over vengeance in this amusement"

– The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2016

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