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Sutton’s rhythmic text, full of onomatopoeia and muscular action words, captures the excitement and energy of big trucks hard at work and powerful machinery bashing concrete and metal. Lovelock’s meticulous illustrations, rendered in pigmented ink, give the job site a suitably dusty patina and put the equipment and vehicles center stage, where young fans will want them...This is all about as good as it gets for truck-obsessed preschoolers.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

The text is rife with onomatopoeic phrases and action verbs, making it great for reading aloud and building vocabulary. Lovelock’s pigmented ink illustrations capture details about the machines–from treads to gears–in a style that is graphic and yet painterly. The geometric nature of the construction equipment offers another avenue for engaging children with the book.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Smashing good fun for preschoolers of both genders.
—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Sally Sutton is a playwright and the author of Roadwork, also illustrated by Brian Lovelock, along with other picture books. Sally Sutton lives in New Zealand.

Brian Lovelock illustrated Roadwork by Sally Sutton as well as The Rain Train by Elena de Roo and Did My Mother Do That? by Sharon Holt. A geophysicist and fine artist, Brian Lovelock lives in New Zealand.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763658308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763658304
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Demolition is an excellent read aloud, perfect for preschoolers and toddlers who are obsessed with all things construction. The text is energetic and cram packed with lots of great sound effects such as "Thud! Creak! Wham!" or "Screech! Scrunch! Rip!" Each two page spread features a different step in the demolition process, from "Grab your Gear, Grab your Gear", to "Ram the walls, Ram the walls", to "Load the trucks, Load the trucks" as the debris is carried off. All of this slam, bam destruction ends on a positive note as a playground is built on the demolition site. One page of machine facts, describing the functions of each machine shown in the story, wraps everything up into a really nice package.

In addition to all of those great sound words, each page rhymes seamlessly, creating a smooth read aloud flow. The illustrations are realistic and fairly detailed as far as the machines go. They are definitely the stars of this story! I liked how everything appears dusty, mottled and messy, just as you would imagine a real demolition site would be. Everything is still pretty colorful, sure to retain the interest of even the youngest story listener. This is an excellent choice for toddler or preschool story time or any young construction fan's personal collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachelle on March 22, 2013
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My son loved their earlier book. Road Work, so we ordered this one for him for Christmas. He loves it just as much, and gets really excited about the playground they build after they demolish the building. I like that their books go through the process of building/demolishing step-by-step because it gives more information than just the basic "This is DIGGER. It DIGS." you get from most preschool construction-themed books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Walsh on May 8, 2013
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My 3 year old son really loves this book. The words have a nice rhythm and the illustrations are beautiful. We bought it because we adore Roadwork. Unfortunately, when received this book the pages were torn in some places and cut jaggedly in others. It looks as if it was put together in a hurry. That being said, my son doesn't seem to mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Synthetic Biologist on August 18, 2014
Format: Board book
My 4-year-old son, who is into construction, loved this book and requested it every night while we had it borrowed from the library. He especially liked the last page where is describes all of the equipment shown in the book, but was a little confused that some of the equipment was different colors in the story vs on the last page.

Written by a 4 year old: I liked it because it has a wood chipper with stuff coming out the top. I'm also talking about the cement crusher because it grinds up cement. Thank you library for letting us read it. The book is about demolition. Tell them that one of the diggers was red.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on March 17, 2014
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Very cute book for my son and enjoyed by my family of engineers. Also is a good rhyming book to read.
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By ontariosailor on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is my 2 year old's favorite, hands down. It's got a great rhythm, and wonderful illustrations. He got it as a gift at 18 months, and within a week, was reciting big chunks of it. Now, at 2.5, he goes around reciting it all day, while he builds with legos, knocks down blocks (ram the walls! ram the walls!) or plays with his trucks. A very engaging and exciting book for any construction loving toddler

updated Jan 2014 - still the favorite at our house with a 2 and 3.5 year old. This book is more tape than paper at this point! This is so well loved, we'll be replacing it when it can't be repaired anymore, for sure. I'm excited to see the upcoming board book format!
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We had originally bought "Roadwork" by the same author and my 2 year old son LOVED it and we read it over and over. Both books have the same cadence and rhythm throughout and great illustrations, however "Demolition" didn't have the same clear cut story of building a road. It's more tearing down the building and then the last few pages it's all of a sudden a park. Not a bad idea for the story but not as clearly laid out as the first we purchased. It's still a regularly read book in our house but Roadwork is still the favorite and read at least 3-5 times a day.
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The worst thing I can say about this book is that it challenges my cynical little heart to read a story about tearing down a building to put up a park. Like that would happen. But since my two year old doesn't share my jaded outlook on economics and the book is filled with pictures of machinery he has no qualms about it. He sits on my lap as we read it and point to different big iron, often making me turn the pages back to get another look. This one is in regular rotation in our house and we'll buy whatever else Sutton puts out.
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