TruckDogs by Graeme Base

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Is it an animal with an engine? Or is it a machine with floppy ears and a wet nose?

"With the eye of a Renaissance painter and the early Dr. Seuss, Graeme Base is not your basic children's book author." -People magazine

Graeme Base-whose picture books have sold millions of copies worldwide-has turned his creative talents to writing fiction. He and Molly, his Labrador friend and collaborator on this project, have written a dog story of epic proportions.

In a far-off desert world, evolution has taken an unexpected turn. The dominant life form is a creature covered in fur with steel panels beneath. It gnaws on bones and sniffs lampposts but fills up on oil, brake fluid, and petrol to keep running. And it's wonderfully clever with its wheels and side-view mirrors-able to do just about anything, in fact-which is lucky since it doesn't have arms or legs. It's an animal with an engine. Or is it a machine with floppy ears and a wet nose? Either way, it's known as a TruckDog. And this is the story of how the world of TruckDogs was saved by a most young and unlikely hero.

 

About Graeme Base

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Graeme Base is the internationally acclaimed author of Animalia, The Eleventh Hour, The Sign of the Seahorse, and The Worst Band in the Universe.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated, 2004. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Humorous touches pepper the tale (e.g., the old codger pick-up Farmer Howell, whose flatulent backfires constantly threaten to start a fuel fire), and some poignant moments, such as Rex's understanding (and even Mayor Plugg's fleeting insight) that the Mongrel Pack members are simply bored teenag...

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