From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Suen and Smith combine a brisk, rhyming text with cartoon illustrations to create a start-to-finish look at how a house is built. The job is done mainly by a smiling couple clad in blue jeans, red shirts, and matching red caps. Starting with "Make a plan," the work progresses at a fast clip through measuring, excavating, pouring concrete, sawing, hammering, painting, plumbing, and even landscaping, ending with a well-earned rest when all is "done at last!" Smith's art has a decidedly retro feel; bright, flat colors; black outlines; and clean, angular shapes give the pictures a crisp look. The mostly double-page spreads feature lots of amusing complications, many caused by the pair's dog; he's shown "helping" in a decidedly human and humorous fashion. From his blissfully unaware application of the wrong color paint on a wide expanse of wall to his obvious dismay over the tile stuck to his foot, this pooch has plenty of personality and practically steals the show. And he manages to do so despite the fact that the brief text never mentions him at all. There are only one or two short declarative sentences per spread. This brevity and the fact that the words are well matched to the pictures suggest that the book may work as well for beginning readers as it does as a read-aloud for younger listeners.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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PreS-Gr. 1. Colorful illustrations reminiscent of a 1940s comic strip combine with a simple, rhyming text to tell the story of a house's construction. With one short sentence per page, there isn't much information conveyed, and some pictures, such as an image of surveyors at work, will need to be explained to young audiences. But the retro illustrations carry the day, with most of the humor coming from the dog, who seems to get all the heavy-lifting jobs as he helps the man and woman build a house and doghouse. Combined with a more detailed book, such as Gail Gibbons' How a House Is Built
(1990), this will be a good introduction for children curious about the subject. Todd MorningCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved