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Working Boats: An Inside Look Children Books Nonfiction - Alder & Alouette

Working Boats: An Inside Look

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This visually engaging book filled with cross sections and exploded views of working boats is perfect for children--and even adults--curious about the mechanics of boats and the lives of people who work on boats.

Filled with full-page spreads of cross sections of ten intriguing working boats, this book provides a glimpse into their inner workings, as well as highlights of each boat's unique engineering components that enable it to do the job it was built for.

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes of a Coast Guard rescue, what it's like to work on a science research vessel, or what's involved in crabbing? The book includes illustrated details about each boat's mission and jobs people do on board, as well as a glimpse of what life is like on a working boat.

Packed with information that's fun and practical, the book also includes details about maritime instruments, such as how a radar works, on-water safety gear, diesel engines, and mechanics, such as how water is pumped through a fire boat.



  • Written by Tom Crestodina.
  • Published by Little Bigfoot, October 25, 2022.
  • Ages 7-10 years
  • 0.4" H x 12.0" L x 9.0" W (1.15 lbs) 56 pages



Boys and girls -- and grown-ups -- intrigued by the maritime world of the North Pacific will get much pleasure and a pack of insider knowledge from Tom Crestodina's Working Boats"--New York Times

If a photo illustration is worth a thousand words, Crestodina's cut-away drawings give us more like five thousand words each. . . It is no cliché to say that, for the mariner inclined, from eight to eighty, this is the one book that does it all."-- National Fisherman

"Cross sections and exploded views abound in the detailed illustrations."-- Kirkus Reviews

"An informative and fun book for readers interested in boats and how they work, and the target audience will be engaged by the high level of detail." --Booklist

"If your young reader is less interested in story and more interested in non-fiction -- especially the workings of a seagoing vessel -- then this book is a great gift choice."-- Montreal Gazette