From School Library Journal
PreS-The Sturges-Halpern team is back with another pitch-perfect title for construction-loving preschoolers. The bright, thickly lined illustrations are easy to see from a distance, and the repetitive dirt-moving and hard-hat-donning begs for audience involvement. In addition to getting little ones up and moving, this book also subtly incorporates important language comprehension into the text by emphasizing the difference between the prepositions "into" and "onto." This is sure to be a hit with youngsters.-Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
There are no dozy cats sleeping the day away in this busy book. Four cheerful kitties rise with the sun, eat a hearty breakfast, and then grab their hard hats and head for the construction site, where they have a full day of digging, pushing, and smoothing dirt. What are they doing? Fortunately, they are not digging in a giant cat box, but building a lovely playground for the neighborhood children, as the end pages reveal. The merger of construction vehicles and cats, two picture-book staples, ensures that this book will have broad appeal. The gouache-on-bristol-board illustrations incorporate primary colors and bold lines that reinforce the cheerful industry of the story. The text is simple and repetitive enough that an emerging reader might enjoy trying to read it on their own. But overall this is a book to be shared, particularly in a storytime setting where listeners can show their enthusiasm for the vehicles and the smiling kitties operating them. Preschool-Kindergarten, --Kara Dean