by Elizabeth Verdick
illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
A tiny snowplow determined to prove his worth battles a blizzard in this supremely charming story. Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.
Small Walt is very reminiscent to The Little Engine that Could and Katy and the Big Snow. Small Walt follows a street cleaner as he drives the smallest snow plow around the city to clean the streets during a blizzard. Kids that live in areas that have snow plows will love this book. The big snow plows don’t think a small plow can do the same works as them since he is so small. They laugh at him and no one wants to drive him. Gus comes along decides to take Walt for the plowing that night. The book flows their adventures as they clear the streets. This book would be really fun for a winter story time or class read aloud. I can just hear little ones chanting the verse “My name is Walt. I plow and salt. They say I’m small, but I’ll show them all.”
The story is sweet and shows that just because your little you can still be mighty and do things that many big kids and adults don’t think you can. If you believe and don’t give up just think of all the things you can do. The illustrations have a very vintage fill of old picture books. I really enjoyed them and they fall into the frame-able picture book illustrations for me. Over all this is the perfect picture book to have out for some fun winter reading and sure to become a classic!