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The brothers in Patrick and the Backhoe are different. Unlike his brother Simon, a bookworm, Patrick can't concentrate on books, which is unfortunate since his parents own a bookstore in a small town on the side of a mountain. Patrick's interests run to levers, knobs and switches. The only book he really likes is Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. While familiarity with Mulligan isn't a prerequisite, it will enhance a child's enjoyment of the book.

Patrick's love of things mechanical leads him into trouble but when heavy rains cause a flood that threatens to wash away the town, he becomes the hero in a story which neatly parallels that of his own favorite book. This is an adventure story that is likely to become a classic in its own right. Like Mike Mulligan, it is longer than the average picture book and would take about 20 minutes to read aloud. The book has a pleasantly relaxed pace that is echoed by Griffiths' illustrations.
-Barbara Novak, London Free Press

Local Talent makes strong showing
Patrick and the Backhoe by Pender Harbour resident Howard White draws some enthusiasm from this reviewer for being such a boy's boy tale. Good literature shouldn't have to be gender specific, but it can't hurt if the result is a youngster enthused about reading. Logger Bus Griffith has provided some hardy illustrations for the story about a young boy's obsession about a backhoe. The story is suitable for a child five and older.
-Victoria Times-Colonist

I particularly like this book because it is made of coastal stuff that we see every day. It's about Patrick, his Grandad, Grandad's warty-nosed dog, and Grandad's rickety old back-hoe. It has all the right stuff including danger to the whole town and the miserable and Dickensesque Mrs.McCracken. I find the illustrations by Bus Griffiths really wonderful. And you know that Leacock winner Howard White is incapable of a dud story. I've read it twice so far.
-The Squamish Times