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I Am a Backhoe

Written & illustrated by Anna Grossnickle Hines
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What's I Am a Backhoe About

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“Dig, dig, dig. Lift, turn, tip. I am . . .a backhoe.”

In spare text and vibrant illustrations, a little boy pretends to be a bulldozer, a crane, a dump truck, and a roller. And finally, he parks on the couch with his father for a quiet moment.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0
Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.
3.25 / 7.0

A little boy pretends to be some of his favorite construction vehicles. I like that this book encourages imagination. I found the illustrations lacking and a weak part of the book.

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Who Wrote I Am a Backhoe

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Anna Grossnickle Hines

ANNA GROSSNICKLE HINES has been called a “sorceress of the ordinary” by The Horn Book for her ability to “touch her wand to a simple event and transform it into a delightful picture book.” Anna’s more than sixty books have garnered numerous honors, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Parents’ Choice Award. Visit

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Publication Date:
January 12, 2010

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