From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This picture book combines favorite topics of the preschool set (trucks, dinosaurs) with ABCs, alliteration, a graphic collage of action-packed images, winning cartoon faces, humor, and an assortment of searchable items. Following endpapers that introduce 24 dinosaur friends (meat eaters noted with a steak icon and vegetarians with a banana), the text launches into rhyming couplets in an alphabetic pattern; the dinosaurs are building a masterpiece of construction. Oh, they're loud and boisterous, but dedicated to their task. The tale may be a bit contrived, yet readers will be looking at the frenetic display of detailed images on each spread. While the "experts use their elbow grease to engineer a masterpiece," children are invited to find specific items-4 cups of coffee, 43 ripe bananas, an unwrapped red lollipop-or review dinosaurs on a "high-wire hustle," all a part of the romp that results in a finished playground. The clutter here is sometimes overwhelming, but an amazing wealth of detail will keep readers occupied for hours. From a surprised, helmeted compsognathus chomping on his sandwich to 15 favorite construction tools on the final pages, this is a combination of visual entertainment and text with a multitude of uses in most libraries.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
There is a lot of crossover between dinosaur fans and dump truck fans, and this book ought to please the whole mess. Twenty-three different kinds of dinosaurs (identified in the opening endpapers) operate 15 different pieces of equipment (identified in the closing endpapers) at a busy construction site. T. rex, naturally, is the foreman, his belly encircled with a tool belt, overseeing a bunch of hardhatted, safety-vested dinos. This rhyming book is an alphabet book, too, though rather softly so—each page’s stanza is rife with the proper sequential letter: “Digging, driving, drilling, filling. / Dinos tough and rough and willing. / Dump trucks dumping left, then right. / This dino might use dynamite!” Santoro’s collages of cartoon illustrations and photo elements are gleefully calamitous, adding to the jackhammer noise level. There’s also, you know, a message about having pride in hard work. Laser-focused at a hungry, and sure-to-be-pleased, demographic. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher