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What Can a Crane Pick Up? Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-K-Smiling, anthropomorphic machines romp through the pages of this rhyming text, showing the many things a crane can pick up, from trucks to cars and trains to planes, from sunken ships and mummy cases to a space shuttle. Sometimes they lift up a polar bear or cartons and cartons of underwear. Cranes can even pick up other cranes. Lowery's pencil, silk screen, and digital-media art makes excellent use of flat, retro colors-blue, green, brown, gold, yellow, and gray-and seamlessly integrates the type into the design. The humorous text is just the ticket for toddler storytimes, although some of the rhymes seem a bit forced. The imaginative, lighthearted illustrations are the real draw here and will be a big hit with construction-site lovers. They're sure to want to hear this one again and again.-Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2012:
“…it’s clear that this machine lives in the best of all possible worlds: where happiness is busyness, calm competence prevails, and no job is too small. Sign us up.”

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It's fun and has good rhyming.
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Kids who like construction machines and books like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will LOVE this book!!
Janet S. Wong
What Rebecca Kai Dotlich has created here is a book that speaks to the Tonka truck set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abookanight on September 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rebecca uses her poetic gift to add surprising little twists throughout this whole book. Cranes don't just pick up the every day things you might expect, there's baseball caps, Ferris wheels, and space ships. There's something for everyone in this crane book, not just boys. The pictures are entertaining and easy to follow for a little one. The words flow easily and I never was disappointed with a forced rhyme.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet S. Wong on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book will make you smile; guaranteed! It might be because every single page shows something or someone smiling--the animals in the train car are smiling, the kids are smiling, the construction workers are smiling (and waving), and even the crane with the big heavy responsibility of the ferris wheel job is kind of (nervously) smiling. But most of the feel-good factor comes from the quirky whimsy. Picking up . . . cuckoo clocks?! A polar bear and boxes and boxes of underwear?!! Kids who like construction machines and books like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will LOVE this book!! (A final note: parents will love the gorgeous musical language, such as "billions of bundles of builders' wood.")
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cadoret on January 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am a construction worker, and yes, I got picked up by a crane, just like the ending of this book. It was not fun at the time, but it has become a family legend. My kids (now 9 and 6) have heard the story of how Daddy got picked up by a crane - it's part of our history. But, about the book, it was cute, rhymey and a good read. I recommend it, especially since I got picked up by a crane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tuesday Jane on January 30, 2013
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Our son (2.5 yrs.) loves this book. It's fun and has good rhyming. Well done, writer of this book. I like your work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeanie h on January 26, 2013
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This is a very fun book to read with grandson who is 2, he likes to point at the pictures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on January 20, 2013
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Great for storytime -the rhymes move the questions and answers along smoothly. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The text is large, bold and variegated, creating eye-grabbing interest for beginning readers. In case you didn't know, cranes are a big topic for little boys; here's a fun book to satisfy curiosity without the didacticism of non-fiction. Singular readers will want to turn the pages on their own, reveling in the cute illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on January 15, 2013
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This story is just so cute! This book was a hit at my preschool storytime. It's a wonderful truck book that talks about a rarely looked at kind of construction vehicle, with a good sense of humor. Short, rhyming sentences and colorful illustrations lend to the appeal.

Things get pretty wacky when the cranes start to lift... other cranes! Or boxes of underwear! Plus, there's a super ending, with a crane that might pick up you, and you, or even YOU!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JimX on January 13, 2013
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What a great little book. I had it recommended to me from a friend and it has become my son's favorite read.
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