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Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron. Nolan is out playing when he finds a stray backhoe. He names the backhoe Joe and takes him home. Joe isn’t trained—he digs up the garden, revs at the mailman, and treads on the neighbor’s grass—so Nolan works hard to show him how to behave. One day, after finding a great place for Joe to dig, Nolan sees a “Lost Backhoe” sign. The picture on the sign is definitely of Joe. Nolan decides that he needs to return Joe to his owner, even though he isn’t sure he’ll ever see him again. Cameron’s illustrations are vibrant and perfect for the story. Alexander’s depiction of Joe as a backhoe makes this lost “pet” story appealing to any child who has dreamed of having their very own construction vehicle and the twist on the last page will make older readers smile too. See this book listed in our catalog
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