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Building With Dad Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761453121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453123
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–In spare, rhyming text, a boy and his father, a builder, explore the site of the child's new school. Wearing hard hats, they watch throughout the year as the bulldozer clears the field and the cement mixer pours the foundation, etc., until the building is ready for the first day of classes. Bold acrylic and colored-pencil pictures give the oversize book great appeal–it opens from the bottom up, and the striking illustrations are done from the boy's perspective looking up at the huge machines. The boy concludes, And when I'm a grown-up, I hope I will be/a builder like Dad with a helper like me! The book will be enthusiastically welcomed by youngsters fascinated with construction and big machines. It is also an engaging father/son story.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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From Booklist

The creators of Karate Hour (2004) offer another energetic picture book with visual punch. Speaking in rhyming couplets, a young boy describes trips with his contractor dad to the site where a new school is being constructed. The use of rhyme feels too constraining, and some lines are clunkers: "The teachers have meetings. Dad's last workers rush. / Our waxed floors are gleaming. The toilets all flush." The pictures, though, have instant appeal. As in Karate, the spreads spill down the page vertically, rather than horizontally, for maximum impact. This time, however, Thomson uses full color, and his photo-realistic paintings bring viewers close up to, sometimes even under, giant machines that scoop dirt, dump gravel, and unload a river of cement seemingly right into the viewer's lap. Pair this with Kate Banks' The Night Worker (2000) and the titles listed in the bibliography "The Art of Construction," in the December 15, 2000, issue of Booklist.Gillian Engberg
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Really loves trucks, heavy equipment, construction.
JLouG
My construction site and machinery-obsessed 3 ˝-year old grandson absolutely loved this book and asks to have it read repeatedly.
delicateflower152
The short, rhyming text makes it easy to read aloud, especially when you're looking for a quick read.
Sherry North

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. on June 20, 2013
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An excellent book showing the construction process, through the human effort involved as well as the heavy-equipment so fascinating to children. The illustrations present varied and engaging 'camera angles'; the text is simple, clear and inventive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2013
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My youngest son, who is now grown, would have loved this book. He loved trucks and cars and any kind of big machinery. I bought this book to read to my twin grandchildren as they get a little older.

I worked in the construction field for a good part of my career and I love this book. Now, I am reading this on my Kindle and I know that the hard copy of the book is laid out in vertical format, so that's one thing I miss on the Kindle.

The illustrations are superb - for both the machines and the people. Colorful, realistic, easy to see.

I liked the rhyming story but on the Kindle the letters are very small and difficult to make out sometimes. Also, the letters sometimes don't contrast with the background as much as they could and they are hard to see.

I love that the mechanic is a woman.

I know the boy wore a hard hat and also a harness but a few words about safety on a construction site would have been great.

All in all, though, this is one of my favorite "building/construction" books that I've seen for small children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Bear on June 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for any child who loves to build or any child that loves digging, dirt, and construction trucks. My son loves it. He is 2 1/2 years old and it is one of his favorite books. Great rhyming text that really engages the child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherry North on March 10, 2008
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Building with Dad is a perfect choice for fathers and sons to read together. A child gets to observe the construction of his school from start to finish - with his dad at the helm. Bold illustrations show the two riding on earth movers, watching the cement pour, etc. My 4-year-old son, who has always been fascinated with construction equipment, asks for this book all the time. The short, rhyming text makes it easy to read aloud, especially when you're looking for a quick read.

Review by Sherry North, Author, Because You Are My Baby
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bada on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everything about this book speaks to an amazing level of creativity. The vertical format allows unusually tall and thin illustrations. It also works very nicely for holding the book in front of you when reading to a group of kids. The illustrator makes the most of the unusual format, turning out drawing after drawing that grab you with unique angles and photo-realistic detail. You have to wonder how he picks out the bottom of a shoe or a backhoe's teeth to be the focus of drawing when the rest of us with merely human powers of observation would probably default to something standard like the earthmover's engine. You would be temped to think that maybe he has drunk one too many Red Bulls while drawing, if he didn't pull it off each time and help you with a new way of seeing.

The only quibble I have with the illustrations is that they are a bit too perfect. Look at the kids entering the building when the school is finally completed on one of the last pages. Are any children really that beautiful? I don't see a freckle, speck of dirt, or birthmark on any of them.

This book would be a great gift for any child who like construction sites, heavy equipment, or art. Like this duo's last effort, Karate Hour, I would expect this book to be one of the favorites for a Caldecott Medal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D on December 22, 2013
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Cute book but does not read well on kindle. Kindle will not allow the font to be re-sized. As it presents it is way too small to be read by a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2013
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Carol Nevius' "Building With Dad" celebrates a young son's "working" with his father as a new school is built. This simple poem is the boy's telling of his day at the construction site; the sights he saw; the things he was able to do. His pride in his father's accomplishment as the school takes shape is evident, and his desire to follow in his father's footsteps is expressed as the book ends.

Carol Nevius has again chosen Bill Thomson to illustrate her work. In "Building With Dad", Thomson's use of perspective and realism are incredible; the illustrations greatly enhance this fine book. Adults, as well as children, will be entranced by the exquisite detail of these colorful illustrations. "Building With Dad" deserves five stars for the artwork alone.

My construction site and machinery-obsessed 3 ˝-year old grandson absolutely loved this book and asks to have it read repeatedly. Along with "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site", Carol Nevius' "Building With Dad" has become one of his favorite books. I highly recommend "Building With Dad" for any child who loves construction sites and machinery or who has a parent working in construction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula Tarrant on June 4, 2013
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My grandson loves big equipment so this book was right up his alley. He is 7 and enjoyed reading it with me!
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