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Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—Builders. Counters. Gather round to share this book where bricks abound. As workers make bricks, mix mortar, and build increasingly complex structures, Cyrus's pulsing rhythm and infectious rhyme drive their efforts forward. Six bricks on the first pages grow to piles of tens, patterns of four, then hundreds forming arches and stairs. Against the earth-tone palette of the bricks themselves, splotches of color from hard hats and overalls identify the laborers. Among the workers who reappear in many scenes are the original three—a boy, a man, and a woman—who can be spotted on each spread. Variations in type size automatically generate emphasis in read-aloud renditions, which seem essential. Individual readers can peruse the complex illustrations of building sites for increased enjoyment. The impeccable design is apparent even on the title pages, where bricks form words and the youngest worker walks past a window. VERDICT This impressive melding of illustrations and text that celebrates hard work and building deserves a place in general collections and on read-aloud shelves.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato
A Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year
A JLG Selection
"An amazing feat of architecture and artistry that kids will pore over long after the last brick has been laid."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Rollicking rhymes and elegant artwork should delight playroom block stackers and someday builders and architects alike."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"As workers make bricks, mix mortar, and build increasingly complex structures, Cyrus’s pulsing rhythm and infectious rhyme drive their efforts forward . . . The impeccable design is apparent even on the title pages . . . This impressive melding of illustrations and text that celebrates hard work and building deserves a place in general collections and on read-aloud shelves."-School Library Journal
"Readers will have fun shouting out repetitive lines and locating specific workers from page to page. The bouncy rhythm and energetic action make this a fantastic pick for a group story time."-Booklist
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Written and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. A Christy Ottaviano Book publihsed by Henry Holt and Company.
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