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Machines Go To Work Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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You want a lift the flap book? Brother, you got it. In Machines Go To Work a riverside town plays host to a wide variety of different mechanical beasts. In the first scene we see a backhoe suspiciously close to some tulips. The text asks, "Is the backhoe digging up the flowers?" Lift the flap and the answer is revealed. "No, it's digging a hole for new crab-apple trees. The flowers are safe." The book continues in this manner. Firemen rescue a kitten from a tree, a news helicopter reports on a family of ducks crossing the road, a cement mixer needs a tow, and so on.Read more ›
There are a lot of working vehicles and perhaps you know someone who drives or flies one. The drum on the cement mixer keeps "turning to prevent the concrete from becoming hard." In this book you can see and read about one and you'll learn about many of its parts. Can you point out where the water tank is? You'll also be able to see many other machines at work. There is a tow truck, a helicopter, a diesel locomotive (you'll learn about the railroad crossing sign too), a tug boat and a container ship. "HONK! HONK!" Watch out. The tug boat is going to help the container ship!
This is a fantastic book for the young inquisitive child who is wild about machines and how they work. The art work is very colorful and the three and four-page spreads totally engage the reader. For example a two-page spread shows a fire truck coming. On the next page the question is asked, "is there a fire in the cherry blossom trees?" The question is answered when the right-hand page opens up and the entire truck is revealed and you see the ladder extension and the fireman cuddling the kitten to his chest. Each machine has similar flaps to explore. In the back of the book is a two-page spread with technical information on each vehicle. Those little hands are going to be busy turning the flaps on this marvelous book!
If you read the book with slightly older children, there is a really neat YouTube clip of the artist at work (search "William Low: Portrait of a Digital Artist"). He's a fascinating guy (a native New Yorker who was born in the back of a cab), and I never would've imagined the book's illustrations could have started out as scribbles on a computer screen.
Be sure to check out his other machine-filled hit, "Machines Go To Work in the City" -- it's another favorite in our house.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandson and I loved the content and art. However, I bought the book used (called "very good condition") and I had to tape 3 very torn pages.Published 11 months ago by Marjorie Colby Sullivan
We gave this to our 2 year old son for his birthday and it quickly became his favorite book. The pages fold out and the illustrations are wonderful. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Meelia
I purchased to own a library book he loved. I added matchbox vehicles of many of the more unusual ones and he loves it.Published on November 2, 2013 by Margaret Engle
So, my kid really likes this book, especially the "aerial photograph" view at the end where he can find all of the machines working around the town, and the technical drawings at... Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Real America X
We have checked this book out of the library so many times, I had to finally add it to the wish list. My 2.5 year old boy/girl twins love the illustrations as well as the writing. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by K. O'Connor
this was a geat choice for a two year old who loves trucks. Engaging text and colorful pictures appeal to little ones.Published on December 26, 2012 by N. Bennison
My son checked this book out from the public library. He loved it so much that I decided to surprise him and get him his own copy. Over a year later, he still loves this book!Published on October 4, 2012 by Andrea
I bought this for my son, he likes trucks, etc.... It has nice fold-outs (keep hands in check or they will rip)... its painted realism as opposed to pictures, so I was worried. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by B. Webb