The Thumb in the Box
Written by Ken Roberts
Illustrated by Leanne Franson
Publication Date May 01, 2001
Leon and his friend Susan live in New Auckland, a small isolated fishing village on the coast of British Columbia. One day, the village receives an unexpected gift from the Government of Canada -- a fire truck. But New Auckland is surrounded by mountains and hugs a tiny beach. There are no roads, no cars, no fire hydrants.
What will the village do with its new truck? The man who comes to build the fire station brings with him a practical joke that scares the wits out of Leon and Susan -- a real live wiggling thumb, completely detached from its owner. Which will leave the biggest mark on the village -- the first vehicle most villagers have ever seen, or a simple joke?
Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers, including Hiccup Champion of the World, Crazy Ideas, Pop Bottles, Nothing Wright, Past Tense (shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award) and two highly praised previous Thumb books — The Thumb in the Box and Thumb on a Diamond (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, SSLI Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List). Ken is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. She has illustrated the books in Ken Roberts' Thumb series.
"A funny and fresh David versus Goliath tale." Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW
"Roberts, Ken work has a special quality that soars above the usual silliness that often passes for comedy in books for the middle reader." Globe and Mail
"The story's humor and insight will appeal even to the most reluctant readers." Booklist