From Publishers Weekly
Vibrantly told and boldly illustrated, this story of urban construction is a perfect marriage of text and art. The late Merriam's straightforward, muscular verse ("SLAM, SLAM, SLAM,/ goes the steel wrecking-ball,/ BAM, BAM, BAM,/ against a stone wall") recounts a process engrossing to most children. Yaccarino, effectively repeating the same graphic style and brilliant tones he employed in Big Brother Mike, here exchanges that big-headed protagonist for burly, large-bodied workers. The book's design, too, contributes to the forceful presentation: text, formatted in white lettering on black or black on white, appears in horizontal strips at the bottom or top of each spread. POW! Ages 4-7.
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Ages 4^-6. It's demolition day at an urban site, where a skyscraper is due to be razed. This book is not a preservationist's lament, but rather a child's view of the sounds and the sights of demolition: "SLAM, SLAM, SLAM goes the steel wrecking ball." Merriam's rhymes are simple like a sledgehammer blow, with the same rhythmic swing, and Yaccarino's bulky, brightly colored workers make the process look like fun. Perhaps red and purple overalls should be required at every building site. Mary Harris Veeder