Pages With Bob:
quite literally raised on Ms. Brown's stories, so when Random
House asked me to illustrate 'The Steam Roller' as a Little Golden
Book, I was flat-out honored. ('Flat-out' - get it?.) This absolutely
HAS to be the quirkiest Little Golden Book in the publisher's
75-year history. A little girl is given a large and dangerous
piece of construction mchineray as a Christmas present - humans,
fish and even pigs are shown being squashed - and she's then
given yet another construction vehicle, but this one has the
magical ability to miraculously resurrect her roadkill. If THAT
doesn't make for a great children's book, I don't know what does."
-- Bob Staake
girl wakes on Christmas morning but doesn;t find any presents
-- just an old dog bone under the tree
In the opening
scene a cremation urn can be seen sitting on the fireplace mantle.
Originally written across it was "Nana", but was omitted
prior to publication.
is not of legal age or licensed to operare heavy machinert, the
little girl runs over not only her school teacher, but a policeman
as well. Amazingly, she isn't charged and convicted of vehicular