This article is about the Story Library book. You may be looking for the crane or the Engine Adventures book.

“Now move out of the way, you mites, I need to get to those trucks
―Cranky after being rescued

Cranky, re-titled Cranky the Crane in 2011 and Thomas and Percy to the Rescue in 2015, is the seventh book in the My Thomas Story Library series.


Thomas and Percy are annoyed with a new crane named Cranky who calls the little engines "useless little bugs". The big engines stick up for Cranky and one stormy night a ship runs aground straight into the shed trapping the big engines and knocking Cranky over. Thomas and Percy come the rescue and prove that they are not "useless bugs".




  • This book is based on the fifth series episode, Cranky Bugs.
  • This book once came free with a Thomas magazine.
  • There are several notable differences between this book and the episode it is based upon:
    • Cranky actually told the Fat Controller that Thomas and Percy had actually ignored what he told them to do.
    • There is an extra scene at Tidmouth Sheds during the storm with Thomas and Percy.
    • Henry is absent in the tramp steamer scene.
    • It is daylight when Thomas and Percy come to rescue Cranky.


  • Tidmouth Sheds are referred to as a station.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Finnish Niilo
Japanese クランキー


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