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One Hole in the Road

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This raucous counting book takes a light-hearted look at the ever-increasing chaos of road construction. The text is simple enough for young readers learning their numbers and funny enough to keep older children amused. Bold, vibrant illustrations capture an all-too-familiar scene in a book that is built to last.

Introduces the numbers one through ten while describing the people and machinery involved in fixing a hole in the road.

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Overview

This raucous counting book takes a light-hearted look at the ever-increasing chaos of road construction. The text is simple enough for young readers learning their numbers and funny enough to keep older children amused. Bold, vibrant illustrations capture an all-too-familiar scene in a book that is built to last.

Introduces the numbers one through ten while describing the people and machinery involved in fixing a hole in the road.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A single hole in the road causes considerable commotion in this clever counting book.... The energy of Yaccarino’s retro images matches the rhythm of the text, as flagmen wave, stoplights flash, and storefronts flood, oh my!" —Booklist
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the jacket of this vigorous counting book, and on the safety barricades painted inside, diagonal yellow-and-black stripes signal that men and women are working. The titular "one hole in the road" is a lollapalooza, requiring no fewer than "Four stoplights flashing,/ Five sirens blaring,/ Six worried engineers huddling nearby." Construction crews carrying shovels and wrenches rush to stop "eight water pipes gushing" and "nine storefronts flooding, Oh, my!" With just a few choice words, Nikola-Lisa (Being with You This Way) enables readers to imagine the clattering noise and busy site. Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot) focuses on the eye-catching hues of a red, gold and green stoplight or a pumpkin-orange jumpsuit; his natural-beige background and stripped-down, blocky people, cars and buildings resemble the stencil-like style of Michael Bartalos's Shadowville. Although text and images are orderly and direct, they nonetheless convey a disorderly city scene, full of punchy color and determined workers leaping to and fro. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
Many toddlers seem drawn to cars, traffic lights, and roadwork. The chaos of it all is captured in this counting book one hole in the road, two flagmen waving, three sturdy barricades, etc.. The illustrations are very attractive, simple yet vibrant. They are done in almost-primary colors, are two-dimensional, and seem inspired by the art found in certain Soviet political posters.
School Library Journal
PreSA counting book with a minimal, singsong text"One hole in the road, Two flagmen waving, Three sturdy barricades warning passersby"that traces city workers' attempts to repair a hole in the road. The illustrations are done in a simple cartoon style with subdued colors on acid-free paper. Multicultural workers of both sexes scurry throughout the pages with their wrenches and shovels in hand, to no avail. At the end, 10 of them look down into a hole that's just as big as it was before. The layout is spacious and each double-page spread is well balanced in its design. The orange-and-black stripes of the barricades decorate the back covera nice touch. Sure to be popular with toddlers.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
It may be just one hole in the road, but it is causing a load of trouble. Two flagmen have to be called in, three barricades must be set up, seven jackhammers expose pipes spurting from eight leaks. Ultimately, "ten workers in a flurry, hurrying, scurrying, trying to fix one hole in the road." Nikola-Lisa (Bein' With You This Way, 1994, etc.) employs frisky wording ("Nine storefronts flooding, Oh, my!") while Yaccarino provides brightly captivating art, sleek in its composition and simplicity. The images are immediate, the color rich, the edges crisp. The story builds upon itself, the chaos deepens, and readers will lean in closer for the ending, whereupon the tale is smartly turned on its head: The hole is as problematical as it was at the start. A smart, funny piece.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805042856
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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