Day of the Diesels by Wilbert AwdryThis is no Caldecott contender, thats for sure. This gets 5 stars since my nearly 3 year old Thomas the Train fanatic son loves it. I read it, and then I re-read it, and then I read it another 6 plus times in the past few days.
In case any 3 year olds are reading this: his current favorites are this aforementioned book, The Lego Book, So Many Houses, Richard Scarrys Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, The Little Red Caboose, and Green Eggs and Ham. From those choices, Richard Scarry wins hands down (parent perspective).
Day of the Diesels [UK] (2011)
Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels 2011 - UK
Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. Join Thomas and his friends in this exciting adventure to the mainland that shows us friendship is more important than being the favorite engine. Can Thomas and the new experimental engines save James and help bring him back to the Island of Sodor?
Common Sense says
Day of the Diesels is a Golden Book based on the special of the same name. Thomas and Percy are chuffing through the countryside when they suddenly see black smoke on the horizon. An old farm shed is on fire. The firefighters and farmhands use water from Thomas and Percy's tanks, but it is not enough. Soon Belle comes to the rescue and puts out the fire. Thomas and Percy take Belle to the Steamworks where she is told she is a hero.
After witnessing a new engine, Belle, extinguish a fire, Thomas and Percy shunt her to the Steamworks when she runs out of water. Once there, Sir Topham Hatt congratulates her, but says they need another fire engine. When Belle suggests Flynn, the matter is arranged to bring him over from the Mainland. However, when Thomas starts to spend more time with Belle, Percy gets jealous and instead of delivering Flynn's hose to the Search and Rescue Centre, he follows Diesel to the Sodor Dieselworks, where he meets Diesel Percy tries to leave so he can deliver the hose, but Diesel 10 arranges for Dart to deliver it. Meanwhile, Flynn arrives at the docks and later arrives at the Steamworks, where everyone soon begins admiring him.
One day, Thomas is happily puffing along the tracks. That is, until he spots smoke in the sky ahead. He finds Percy already helping to fight a fire at a farmhouse, with the Fat Controller overseeing the effort to extinguish the blaze and starts to help fight the fire until Belle, the new fire locomotive arrives to save the day. After the fire is put out, Belle runs out of water and Thomas and Percy shunt her to the Steamworks. Once there, Belle is congratulated by the Fat Controller for her brave work. But he says that another fire engine is needed on the Island of Sodor. Belle recommends Flynn, so it is arranged to bring him over from the mainland.