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Bulldozer's Big Day by [Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann]

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Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day. It's Bulldozer's big day, and he's brimming with excitement. Bouncing across the construction site, the jubilant vehicle seeks out his friends. But Digger, Dump Truck, and the others seem too preoccupied to notice. (Participles are the order of the day: "scooping," "sifting," "mashing," "lifting," and more.) When the construction whistle blows, the deflated bulldozer starts to drag himself away, but then toots fill the air. Horns and engines resound as Crane hoists a giant cake up from a massive pit, much to Bulldozer's delight. Action-packed pages and playful onomatopoeia will draw the construction obsessed in, while the emotive little bulldozer, so perfectly personified, will capture the hearts and empathy of all. Fleming's seemingly simple text is accessible, teachable, and loads of fun. As in Oh, No! (2012), she and Rohmann team up to great effect. Clever use of angles and perspective emphasize Bulldozer's emotions of disappointment and joy, and the block prints have a warmth and authenticity that both entertain and endear Bulldozer to readers. Matte pages and an embossed cover add to its charm. A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Kirkus, *STARRED REVIEW March 15, 2015)

Little Bulldozer is excited about celebrating his special day with a party. But, as he trundles from one construction vehicle to another on the job site, he is dismayed to find everyone is too busy working to share his enthusiasm. As disappointment grows, his blade droops a little more and his movements slow from zooming to crawling. Rohmann uses block prints, with three plates for each illustration, employing a printmaking system that results in clear and colorful black-framed pictures with images outlined in thick black lines. The silhouette of a large city skyline is shown in the background while the construction site and a variety of trucks are close-up. Action verbs liked rolled, rumbled, rattled, and grumbled add zest to the tale of the little vehicle’s big day and its eventual happy ending. Repetition throughout will be welcomed by emerging readers, and observant children will begin to identify what the vehicles are constructing. Match this with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker (2011), and make young vehicle-lovers very happy. (Booklist March 15, 2015)

Fleming and Rohmann team up for their second extraordinary picture book in celebration of Bulldozer’s birthday. He zooms across the construction site in joyous anticipation of his big day only to discover that every construction truck he greets is too busy to acknowledge anything more than the jobs that need to be done. As surely as the scooping, sifting, and stirring prevails, Bulldozer’s blade droops lower and lower as the day passes without recognition. When the construction whistle signals the end of the work day with a big “Wooot!” all hope is lost until a “Feeef!” and a “Toot! Tweet! Ah-wooo!” signal the start of a surprise birthday party. Rohmann’s signature relief (block) prints are a perfect complement to Fleming’s earnest tale. The bold black lines of the machines and construction site are balanced by the black framed pages and offset by the trucks’ primary colors and variable backgrounds in blues and white. Chunky details, especially the trucks’ eyes and the rubble they’re tending, make the story come alive. The heavyweight matte paper and relief lettering on the dust jacket add satisfying tactile details to the engaging text and playful illustrations. VERDICT This masterfully crafted story will become a favorite read-aloud that is sure to delight time and again. (School Library Journal March 2015)

The team behind Oh, No! (2012) imagines a construction-site birthday celebration that ends with a multi-story surprise. Wide-eyed Bulldozer bumps and bounces over the site, eager for the bigger, older machines to share in his birthday excitement. “Guess what today is!” Bulldozer asks Digger. But to them, it’s just another day: “Today is a scooping day,” Digger replies. “And a sifting day,” adds Dump Truck. “Sifting... sifting... sifting.” Using relief printing, Rohmann surrounds bright, gauzy fields of color with warm black lines, giving each truck faithful detailing and winning expressiveness. With each disappointing interaction, Bulldozer’s blade droops ever lower, but at the end of the day whistles blow (“Feeef!” “Toot!”), and Crane lifts an enormous birthday cake from the construction site pit, complete with glowing candles. Now readers can go back over the pages and see how Bulldozer’s birthday surprise was made (Digger was moving sprinkles, and Crane was lifting candles). The power of giant construction equipment makes a fine vehicle (ahem) to convey the outsize excitement of a special day. (Publishers Weekly March 30, 2015)

On his “big day,” Bulldozer practically flies across the construction site; he can’t wait to invite all his friends to his party. He starts with Digger: “Guess what today is!” But the big machine isn’t interested in guessing: “I don’t need to guess, kid. Today is a scooping day.” Dump Truck rumbles, Cement Mixer stirs, Scraper rattles, Grader clatters—everyone appears too preoccupied with work to guess the answer to Bulldozer’s question. By the time he reaches Roller, Bulldozer has all but given up: “Do you care what today is?” he asks. “‘No,’ Roller grumbled.” Young story hour audiences will care, though, and Fleming’s simple and engaging text will keep them invested in the story’s outcome. Rohmann’s block-print illustrations feature solid-shaped trucks in crayon-bright colors with loads of personality. Bulldozer looks tiny in comparison to the massive vehicles that dominate the double-page spreads. With each disappointment, Bulldozer is less visible until we only see him from behind, his blade dragging sadly in the dirt. “‘No games.’ He sniffed. ‘No friends. No party.’” Of course, there is a party; everyone has secretly been working on constructing a giant birthday cake, which Crane hoists up, candles blazing. Birthday surprises, cake, and construction vehicles—little bulldozers will lift their blades up high for this celebration. (Horn Book Magazine May/June 2015)

  Littleyellow Bulldozer is so excited about his upcoming party that his tracks liftright off the ground. His earth-moving friends are so busy at the construction site,though, that they brush off his greetings of “Guess what today is!” Diggercurtly answers that it’s a scooping day, Cement Mixer calls it a stirring day,Scraper says it’s a filling day, and so on. Bulldozer is a bit more deflated byeach response, until the site whistles blow and a crane raises from the pit agigantic three-layer metal birthday cake, complete with blazing candles, whichthe machines had been working on all day long. Rohmann’s vehicles, withexpressive eyes peering from their windshields, are as kid-pleasing as ever,heavily outlined in black and touched with purposely messy little splatters ofink and color that lend texture and dash to the gritty construction scenes.Visual teasers encourage viewers to guess at the surprise party finale beforeBulldozer does, although the opening announcement that “he couldn’t wait toinvite all his friends to a party” is a broad tip-off (and it’s not clear whathappens to that party). The role of the individual construction vehicles, whichshould be a hook for many children, is something of a letdown since it’sdifficult to see in the coyly staged close-ups exactly how each contributes tothe cake. A near miss as both a birthday story and a builders book, this maynonetheless find favor with young listeners who will enjoy simply pointing atand identifying the big trucks. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books September 2015)

About the Author

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Eric Rohmann is the Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator of My Friend Rabbit and received a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He has both written and illustrated numerous books for children, including Oh, No! and Bone Dog. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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  • File Size : 31862 KB
  • Print Length : 40 pages
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition (May 5, 2015)
  • ASIN : B00O66043W
  • Publication Date : May 5, 2015
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  • Language: : English
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