Reviews for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 February #4
Finally, the classic love story between man and machine who, together help build the town hall, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (first published in 1939), comes to board book for a new generation. (Houghton, $7.99 40p ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. ISBN 978-0-618-84019-9; Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 1998 November
PreS-Gr 3-This longtime children's favorite, first published in 1939, has never lost its appeal. Now, it has been translated into simple, easily understood Spanish. After working together for many years, Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, are told that their services are no longer needed. Not one to give up easily, Mike proposes that he and Mary Anne will excavate the basement for the new town hall in only one day. The whole town gathers around the work site to see how this indomitable pair will fare in their race against time. The brightly colored, charming crayon drawings add to the cheerfulness of presentation.-Tania Colmant-Donabedian, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 2015 January

PreS-K--Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, are back in this 75th anniversary edition. First published in 1939, Virginia Lee Burton's classic picture book has remained a staple in library collections for generations. Beyond the fascination almost all young children have with extra large machines that "crowd," "hoist," "swing," and "dig," the deeper tale about a man battling against the relentless march of technological change is one that still resonates more than half a century later. This new edition features a snazzy red foil dust jacket and some brief back matter that relates how Burton came up with the ending to the story (with a little creative help from a friend's grandson.) As an added bonus, a free downloadable audiobook is available, read by stage and screen actor, Matthew Broderick. A perfect choice to replace well-worn copies of this beloved book.

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