From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-K—No construction detail is ignored in this rhythmic read-aloud that takes readers from the "Ping! Bang! Tap!" of the groundbreaking to the "Toot! Honk! Vroom!" of the new road's opening. Extensive use of action verbs and onomatopoeic exclamations guide youngsters through packing the ground, rolling the tar, raising the signs, and even planting trees along the side of the route. Angular road lines—reminiscent of Donald Crews's illustrations of popular machines—traverse each spread, often guiding viewers' eyes in the direction of the next page. Interestingly, the many multiethnic workers depicted in the attractive ink illustrations seem as cool as cucumbers despite their noisy laboring. A picture glossary of roadwork machines is a great finishing touch to this dynamic title.—Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA
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“Move the earth. Move the earth. Dig and cut and push. Clear a pathway for the road. Screech! Boom! Whoosh!” Big machines, and their drivers, are the stars in this chanting, rhyming picture book that describes how a road is made, and then, once the tar is sealed, how it is made safe for travelers with painted lines, signs, and streetlamps. The words pound with the sound and rhythm of the vehicles they describe, and preschoolers will delight in shouting out the noisy exclamations (“Whizz! Slop! Splurt!”) that end each page. The large, clear print and basic vocabulary will extend the audience to new readers, who will also appreciate that the action described in the words is clearly illustrated in Lovelock’s bright, uncluttered ink pictures of the glorious vehicles, their drivers (including a few women), and the community that enjoys the finished road. An easy sell to kids who love to watch machines at work, this will pair nicely with Kate and Jim McMullan’s I Stink! (2002) and Kate Banks’ The Night Worker (2000). Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg