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Construction (Construction Crew) Board book – Illustrated, September 8, 2015
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—School Library Journal (starred review)
Sutton and Lovelock are back for more fun combining dynamic text and illustrations for little builders. ... Sutton's rhythm and rhyming text pulsates, moving the pace along briskly. "Dig the ground. Dig the ground. / Bore down in the mud." Onomatopoeia rounds out each stanza: "Shove the piles in one by one. / Slip! SLAP! THUD!" Bold, bright illustrations convey the scope of the effort and machinery required to lift stacks of lumber or sheets of plate glass into place. ... There's always room for one more good construction book: Make a spot for this one.
With plenty of onomatopoeia and action verbs, the rhyming text effectively brings the sounds of a construction site to life. Lovelock’s illustrations, cleanly rendered in pigmented inks, portray activity without being overly busy themselves. The text and art move briskly through the various building stages—from digging holes for foundation piles to laying pipes to moving in “shelves and books.” Listeners will enjoy guessing what the new building will be before the last spread reveals: “The library’s here for everyone. / Ready… / STEADY… / READ!”
Along with speckles and spatters of paint that add a suitably rugged look, the illustrations depict on-site views of a crane, a concrete pumper, and other machines in use, capped by a final page of identifers and descriptive notes. Bread and butter for budding building boffins.
This is a fun book with melodic verse, colorful images, and onomatopoeia which will have children jumping out of their seats.
—Library Media Connection
About the Author
Brian Lovelock illustrated Roadwork and Demolition by Sally Sutton as well as The Rain Train by Elena de Roo,Did My Mother Do That? by Sharon Holt, and Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber. A geophysicist and fine artist, Brian Lovelock lives in New Zealand.
- Lexile Measure : 290L
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Board book : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763679755
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763679750
- Product Dimensions : 7.06 x 0.48 x 7.31 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (September 8, 2015)
- Reading level : 2 - 5 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm guessing older kids will like it but older kids are not interested in this kind of books... confusing
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I love how the author has been very inclusive and made the builders both male and female. Usually in a book about construction everyone would be male. This is refreshing and hasn't gone unnoticed.
The writing and pictures are all bold and bright and would appeal to young children. The illustrations are clear and easy for children to imitate and copy.
The final page the story concludes appropriately with the final construction of.... the library, very appropriate and encouraging for children with the words "choose your books, choose your books, borrow all you need, The library's here for everyone.
The last page in the book is a page of facts. It explains what a loading crane is used for, as well as a concrete pumping truck, excavator, mobile crane and a concrete mixer. There is a picture of a construction worker with details of what all they wear to do that job, including earmuffs, a hard hat, safety glasses, high visibility vest and safety gloves.
This book is fun as well as educational. I am sure it will be a winner with young children.
I kindly received this book from Walker Books in exchange for a review.
I have added photographs.