Percy the Small Engine Takes the Plunge is one in a series of “Thomas the Tank” books aimed at children. This book is a pop-up book written by the Reverend W. Awdry and illustrated by Clive Spong.  Reverend W. Awdry is the creator of the “Thomas the Tank” railway series of books.

In Percy the Small Engine Takes the Plunge, Percy is curious to know why there is a DANGER notice on the quay(pier) at Knapford Harbour.  But he soon learns not to trust trucks when he goes past the barrier and plunges into the harbor.  Thomas the Tank engine, Henry and Sir Topham Hatt also appear in this book.  You will be surprised how Percy the Small Engine is rescued. Percy the Small Engine Takes the Plunge is part of the railway series Little Pops created by Reverend W. Awdry (the W is for Wilbert).  The characters that would make Awdry famous and the first stories featuring them were invented in 1943 to amuse his son Christopher during a bout of measles. The first book, (The Three Railway Engines) was published in 1945, and by the time Awdry stopped writing in 1972,  The Railway Series numbered 26 books. Christopher subsequently added further books to the series.

Clive Spong illustrated Percy the Small Engine takes the Plunge and other pop-up books and the spin-offs, Thomas’s Christmas Party, Thomas and the Evil Diesel, Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree, and The Rev. W. Awdry’s extended rewrite of Thomas Comes to Breakfast. Some of his character illustrations were used to depict characters in The Island of Sodor: Its People, History and Railways

There are two versions of Percy the Small Engine Takes the Plunge, one is red and the other is green.  This is the red pop-up version.  This is the American edition published in 1992.  What a wonderful story with illustrations to read to your child at bedtime or anytime.

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Weight .5625 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 55 × .375 in

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