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Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue

Calista Brill, Tad Carpenter (Illustrator)


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Fans of Little Tug and Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo will love this lyrical, heartwarming story by Calista Brill, brought to life by Tad Carpenter’s bright and lively illustrations. Perfect for readers who can’t get enough of things that GO!

Bill is a tugboat. Mabel is a barge. Together they go up and down the choppy river.

The other ships are big and vain. They tease Bill and Mabel. But when a kitten falls in the water, it’s up to Bill and Mabel to save the day!

Praise For Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue

“Sure to be a favorite with young listeners, this warm and comforting selection, eminently suitable for bedtime or laptime reading, has the feeling of a classic to be savored....An old-fashioned story with timeless appeal.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Carpenter’s doughty, expressive protagonists will instantly remind readers of their own beloved bathtub toys, and his bold graphics and schoolroom palette tip their hat to the legacy of tugboat stories that have come before. — Publishers Weekly

“Alliteration and playful descriptors further add to its read-aloud appeal. An uplifting story sure to tug heartstrings.” — Booklist

“This delightful tale will be a hit in storytime and in one-on-one readings with young transportation fans.” — School Library Journal

HarperCollins, 9780062366184, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2017

About the Author

Calista Brill is a children’s book writer and editor in New York City. She likes to eat Popsicles, solve crossword puzzles, read comic books, and sing very loudly.

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, teacher, and author. He has written and illustrated over a dozen books for readers of all ages. Tad runs his design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective, with his wife, Jessica, in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him online at