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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Dig dig dig! Vroom vroom vroom! These are just some of the sounds children will be chanting with Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe's new picture book about large vehicles.
In simple verses and bright cut-paper images, big machines are given ample space to show their stuff in action. Some of the machines are safety vehicles like fire engines ("Fire engines are good at race, race, racing./Look out! Look out! Bright lights flashing") and rescue helicopters ("Helicopters are good at whir, whir, whirring, hovering and zooming, rotor blades whizzing"), along with construction equipment and heavy-duty trucks. Each page's flowing verse concludes with the repeating phrase "They can work all day," but the last page tells that after a hard day's work, it's finally time to rest: "No beep-beeping, no vroom-vrooming. Shhh! They can rest all night."
Those who love working machines will enjoy testing their sound-making skills, and bright pictures will get them anxious to spot real vehicles in action. It might even spark creative minds to write their own vehicle poems or make paper images of other machines. A fun book to have on hand during construction season or while traveling, this busy book will get readers revved up! (Matt Warner)