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Little Man is a huge fan of creaky Cranky, the big grey static crane who works in the docks on the island of Sodor with Thomas and his friends, so when I saw the paperback version of this No Sleep for Cranky in Poundland I thought it would be a great addition to his rapidly growing book collection.
As the title suggests, the story is about Cranky the crane. As he works at the dock which receives deliveries day and night he gets very little sleep which makes him cranky. Salty decides that Cranky is cranky due to his lack of company and decides to cheer him up with tales from when he used to work at sea (I have this bit played out in my mind a bit like uncle Albert in Only Fools and Horses!), but this just makes Cranky even more irritable and he ends up causing an accident leaving him trapped overnight with Salty. Will Cranky decide that life is not so bad after all, or will he push Salty into the sea before going on a murderous rampage - I won't spoil the ending for you ...
Little Man really enjoyed this book - Although it is based on an episode of the series it wasn't one we had seen before which made it even better. Each double page has a full page picture and a page of text with about 30 words on it so at the moment it is a book I read to him. However there are no really long words and the text is a good size so there is no reason why he wouldn't be able to read this himself in a year or so. The pictures are bright and colourful and Little Man likes to pick details out of them. He particularly likes the ones of the fat controller getting measured up for a new suit with the tape measure around his belly! We have had this book for a few weeks now, and we tend to read it at least every other day. We would definitely recommend it to any Thomas fans out there.
As this is the paperback version of the book the front cover is slightly different. The book is about 15cm square with a picture of Cranky in the middle, and the title in a blue box below it. For a pound this book is an absolute bargain, and I will be looking out for others in the series when I am next in there. If you can't find it in the shops then you can order it from Amazon for £1.50 delivered. Published by Egmont Books.
I picked this up from Amazon for the ridiculously cheap price of 25p plus post and packaging. It arrived the next day after ordering as per their next day delivery service for premium customers.
My son.....like most little boys.....is Thomas the Tank Engine mad! I personally don't understand the massive appeal, but all little boys seem to love anything that is Thomas orientated....and my two year old son is no exception! Like all Thomas the Tank Engine products, this book is based on the characters from the hugely popular television series of the same name.
No Sleep For Cranky comes in a hardback format and is written by the author, Reverend W. Audrey. The hardback cover features a picture of the miserable looking Cranky - a picture which immediately drew my sons interest. For those of you who don't know (I didn't!) Cranky is a crane. It has the same look of all of the books in the Thomas series.
The book tells the story of poor old Cranky the crane who works in a dockyard and has to work all day and all night because there is so much work to do all of the time. As a result, poor Cranky is sleep deprived and, as I'm sure most of us can identify with, he is a miserable ole git! All he wants is to have a nap or a sleep, but alas, this jst doesn't seem to be possible.
One day, Cranky gets fed up of coping, and he starts to crack.....snapping at everyone and anyone who crosses his path. Salty is the first to be the target of Cranky's crankiness, but this is quickly followed by Bill and Ben.
The story follows Cranky's quest for rest and whether he will get what he's looking for (of course he will because this is Thomas territory where things always work out!)
To be honest, my two year old is not terribly interested in the story and is more interested in the pictures and in pointing out the details depicted in the pictures. As always, the illustrations are wonderful, being very bright and colourful and with the right amount of detail to make it interesting. Ut not overpowering to young children.
For me, this book doesn't stand out as better or worse than any of the other books in the Thomas range. It's a perfectly adequate and enjoyable book for young children and although its not going to set the world on fire, its also good enough to keep a child's interest for a while.
No sleep for Cranky is a hard back book which has been based on the Thomas TV series.
The cover of the book has a picture of cranky on with a sad face and a blue banner above it with the title of the book in yellow letters.
The back cover of the book is blue with a yellow rectangle in the middle which ahs smaller picture showing other titles available in the collection.
The story begins by telling us about Brendam docks saying that it is always busy with cargo ships coming in from all over the world.
It tells us how poor Cranky, who is a crane, was never allowed to have a nap or sleep as he worked at the busy docks and he had to work all day and night and this is where he gets his name from as he is always cranky from being tired.
One morning Salty arrived at the docks and said good morning to Cranky who was busy unloading some pipes. Cranky snapped at Salty for being late.
Next Bill and Ben arrived for work and Cranky was cranky to them as well. They both said that he was very grumpy and no fun. Bill and Ben thought that hen was so cranky because he was lonely.
Will Cranky ever get some peace and quiet to have a nap and some rest or will he keep being disturbed by incoming cargo ships and the engines?
The book is very easy to follow and is laid out in a very nice bright way. The pages with the writing on are all bordered with a different bright colour and the text is a nice big size which is easy to read. I have found that with the text being slightly bigger than usual my eldest is able to help read some of the words.
The illustrations which accompany the story are photographs taken of the trains and objects from the set which is used to film the TV series so they are very clear, bright and full of detail.
The book only has 29 pages with half of these being used for the illustrations so the story is not too long so my boys don't start to wonder off to do other things and they do stay involved.
The book has been written based on the TV series by the Rev W Awdry.
It was published by Egmont UK Limited and has a retail value of £4.99. We did not pay this price for our copy, we picked ours up for £2.50 in our local book shop so do shop around as you may find a good bargain.
If you would like any more information on this or any book in the Thomas collection then please visit www.thomasandfriends.com
Book Series: Thomas & Friends