- Age Range: 2 - 6 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670892823
- ISBN-13: 978-0670892822
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raise the Roof Hardcover – February 24, 2003
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Suen and Smith combine a brisk, rhyming text with cartoon illustrations to create a start-to-finish look at how a house is built. The job is done mainly by a smiling couple clad in blue jeans, red shirts, and matching red caps. Starting with "Make a plan," the work progresses at a fast clip through measuring, excavating, pouring concrete, sawing, hammering, painting, plumbing, and even landscaping, ending with a well-earned rest when all is "done at last!" Smith's art has a decidedly retro feel; bright, flat colors; black outlines; and clean, angular shapes give the pictures a crisp look. The mostly double-page spreads feature lots of amusing complications, many caused by the pair's dog; he's shown "helping" in a decidedly human and humorous fashion. From his blissfully unaware application of the wrong color paint on a wide expanse of wall to his obvious dismay over the tile stuck to his foot, this pooch has plenty of personality and practically steals the show. And he manages to do so despite the fact that the brief text never mentions him at all. There are only one or two short declarative sentences per spread. This brevity and the fact that the words are well matched to the pictures suggest that the book may work as well for beginning readers as it does as a read-aloud for younger listeners.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-Gr. 1. Colorful illustrations reminiscent of a 1940s comic strip combine with a simple, rhyming text to tell the story of a house's construction. With one short sentence per page, there isn't much information conveyed, and some pictures, such as an image of surveyors at work, will need to be explained to young audiences. But the retro illustrations carry the day, with most of the humor coming from the dog, who seems to get all the heavy-lifting jobs as he helps the man and woman build a house and doghouse. Combined with a more detailed book, such as Gail Gibbons' How a House Is Built (1990), this will be a good introduction for children curious about the subject. Todd Morning
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We start with eventually turns out as a trick. A couple very busily draw blueprints, while their dog holds a portfolio titled "doghouse plans," and a book, "How to Build a Doghouse" lies on the floor next to his food bowl. Wacky geometrically-shaped details decorate each picture: Sharp-edged bushes, circular flowers that look like wood, and every where dots andtiny circles that add texture and the aforementioned scruffy dynamism to the backgrounds. The people and their dog have that rounded, puffy look that makes them look energetic and slightly unpredictable, as if they're going to burst out in song at any minute. Illustrator Elwood H. Smith varies the perspective, from scene-setting longshots to close-ups (likea series of pipes) that are almost abstract.
Anastasia Suen's verse is tightly constructed and similarly energetic. She describes the house-building with enough detail to make it realistic, but leaves out unessential descriptions that would dilute her focused story-telling. She introduces various subcontractors (e.g., an electrician, the cement guy) to increase interest, and, most importantly, makes the dog a co-equal in the house building. (even though, he's sometimes a little mixed-up!) Still, there's an interesting incongruity that young audiences might begin to detect: We saw that this was planned as a doghouse, and the pooch even dreams of one, but the interior and exterior dimenstions look awfully dog-gone big! "Put in sinks" (there's a great detail of the dog straining at a wrench) and "set the tile" (here the dog gets his paw stuck to one), "roll out carpet mile by mile." What kind of a doghouse is this, anyway?
Suen and Smith answer this on the last few pages, and anyone who has a dog will smile in recognition. WARNING, SPOILER AHEAD: They've built both a full size house AND a doghouse, but it's clear where the spirited dog will live: He sleeps in the big house with his people, and there's a "FOR RENT" sign on the little doghouse next to it! This is a fun, good-natured, and cleverly humorous book that excels in both story and illustration.