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. Volume XIV Number 3 . . . .September 28, 2007
Chris Tougas' Mechanimals tells of an old farmer who loses all of his animals to a tornado. After the winds have abated, the man is left with little more that a pile of twisted metal and garbage. The farmer, however, is not about to let his farm go to ruin. "I'll turn this mess into a masterpiece," he insists.
The illustrations in Mechanimals are delightful. One cannot help but cheer for the adorable old farmer with his overalls and suspenders, his wide-brimmed hat and, above all else, his gummy smile. Add the bulbous nose, pencil-thin arms and bald head and our farmer hardly appears invincible. Yet, with his winning attitude, he will not be denied.
Gregory Bryan is a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. He teaches children's literature and literacy courses.
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