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Bring in the big rigs! Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site. At the command of the Boss, the work beings, Digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, and shaping are important tasks to accomplish. In this exciting follow-up to the critically acclaimed Drive, Nathan Clement once again pairs his striking illustrations with spare, succinct prose, offering construction buffs a close-up view of the action and anticipation at the job ...
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Overview


Bring in the big rigs! Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site. At the command of the Boss, the work beings, Digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, and shaping are important tasks to accomplish. In this exciting follow-up to the critically acclaimed Drive, Nathan Clement once again pairs his striking illustrations with spare, succinct prose, offering construction buffs a close-up view of the action and anticipation at the job site.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Clement's sophomore picture book should delight truck lovers every bit as much as its predecessor, Drive (2008). Over the course of a day on the job, a burly construction foreman, referred to only as "Boss," makes good on his name and bosses around a bulldozer, excavator, dump truck, and other vehicles. "Boss says, ‘Scoop that rock,' " and a loader moves in, "slides its bucket and takes a big scoop." Featuring the same brand of bold digital artwork seen in Drive, this book also makes excellent use of perspective to play up the machines' immensity and power; when Boss commands a crane to "Lift that stone!" readers get a worm's-eye view of the action from behind his boot, his shadow in the dirt showing him with his arms raised like a minor god. While no children appear until the end (when it's revealed that all this hard work has gone into making a community park), it's in no way a problem: Boss is the ultimate reader surrogate, wielding unquestioned power over the mightiest of machines. What more could a kid want? Ages 2–6. (Mar.)
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* "Should delight truck lovers every bit as much as its predecessor, Drive (2008). . . . What more could a kid want?" --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Has a welcome simplicity that suits younger readers just as well, even as it uses real vocabulary for the trucks and their parts. . . . A good choice for group sharing." --Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A construction-company boss gives verbal commands and uses physical gestures to direct a crew and its heavy-duty machines. He tells the workers to level a pile, dig a hole, scoop rock, dump gravel, pack down ground, pour a slab, and lift a stone. A bulldozer, excavator, loader, dump truck, compactor, mixer, and crane each completes one of the tasks. The final result is a new outdoor park. This picture book is a twist on the usual construction-themed story; rather than limit the focus to machinery, Clement emphasizes the boss's role in orchestrating the equipment to complete the project. The writing style consists of short sentences with portions of believable dialogue. Each sentence is placed within a separate bright, richly colored spread. Within the digitally painted pages, the machinery and construction site are caught from a variety of angles, giving readers overhead and ground-level views. In selected spreads, carefully detailed footprints and tread marks appear on the ground. On the opening spread, heavy equipment surrounds a hoisted steel plate sign that introduces the book's title and author. After reading this story, children can role play the boss. The easy-to-read text and well-placed artwork mesh well into a worthy picture book for all of those children who love building and construction machines.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews

In his debut, Drive (2008), Clement profiled a single 18-wheeler and its driver; here he explores the ever-popular realm of construction trucks. Unlike many similarly themed books, which focus on humans,this one details the part each truck plays in a single job, with the final spread showing a completed park. Throughout, the pointed finger and other hand signs of the African-American "Boss" direct the trucks to their respective duties. "Boss says, 'Pour a slab.' / And the mixer swings its trough and pours cement." About half the time children are given the opportunity to guess which truck will be needed for the job before a page turn reveals the answer. The highlighted trucks include a bulldozer, excavator, loader, dump truck, compactor, mixer and crane. While the text does not rhyme, it has a welcome simplicity that suits younger readers just as well, even as it uses real vocabulary for the trucks and their parts. The computer-rendered illustrations, while sometimes seeming flat in perspective, nonetheless have crisp, clean lines with bold, rich colors and textures appropriate to earth, gravel and cement. The large format of the book itself, as well as alternating views of long shots and close-ups of trucks makes this a good choice for group sharing. Pair this with Sally Sutton's Roadwork (2008) for a similar treatment of a different job site. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590787694
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 824,667
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Nathan Clement is a graphic artist by profession and a truck aficionado by choice. Nathan has worked in communications for seventeen years. He has owned a printing company, designed books, been an art director for an ad agency, and currently works at illustrating and writing. He earned his BFA in art and writing from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1989. He lives with his wife in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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