When a family sets out on a trip to Grandma's, their journey proves to be more like a visit to a construction site. Sidewalks are being poured, streetlights repaired, roads resurfaced. The noise of jackhammers, whistles, and horns fills the air. Boys and girls alike will love seeing the big machines at work. Anastasia Suen's simple text and Jannie Ho's bright, up-beat ...
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When a family sets out on a trip to Grandma's, their journey proves to be more like a visit to a construction site. Sidewalks are being poured, streetlights repaired, roads resurfaced. The noise of jackhammers, whistles, and horns fills the air. Boys and girls alike will love seeing the big machines at work. Anastasia Suen's simple text and Jannie Ho's bright, up-beat pictures make this one road trip to remember.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A batch of Grandma's homemade oatmeal cookies beckons, but for this backseat narrator, the sights and sounds along the road to her house are equally compelling: "Road work ahead./ Move over. Go slow./ Jackhammers crack./ Look at them go." Indeed, the boy and his mother seem to have taken a detour through a suburban Busytown: nearly every possible construction or municipal maintenance crew is on the job (the police have even snagged a black-masked bad guy). Suen's (Red Light, Green Light) ultrashort verse leaves Ho (The Great Reindeer Rebellion) plenty of room to fill the page with work activity, cute animals, and visual jokes; one spread largely devoted to a crew installing a new telephone pole also introduces a crafty, escaped pet chicken that readers can follow for the remaining pages. There are comparatively few women on the job, and hardcore aficionados of construction books may find the illustrations cartoonish (would a veteran crew really have trouble wrangling an industrial hose?). But for general audiences, the cheeriness and level of detail should be more than sufficient. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
"The cheery cartoon illustrations will be stimulating for young children..."
September 15 Booklist

"The cheery cartoon illustrations will be stimulating for young children..."
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
A trip in the car truly worthy of road rage turns into wonder and excitement. Why? Because we are going to Grandma's with Mom and the family pup—and there are so many things happening. Ride with the eyes of the young man straining against his seat belt in the backseat to catch everything from his open window. See the workmen digging holes on the side of the road (with the help of a few insects and squirrels.) Hear jackhammers crack. Look up in the trees for workmen trimming branches. Do not miss the police car with its captured bandit! Not to mention bulldozers and cement trucks and backhoes in sufficient quantities to satisfy any toddler's truck lust. Prolific picture book author Anastasia Suen's lightly rhyming text keeps the pages turning, while Jannie Ho's bright, cheerful illustrations stay in perfect sync with the words. All that is needed are sound effects from the reader—and young listeners. Boom! Honk! Rat-a-tat-tat! Parents and little guys should enjoy the trip. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This delightful story follows a little boy and his mom as they head out for Grandma's house. The journey takes a bit of a detour when they are delayed because of construction work around the city. Vibrant spreads depict crews working on roads, streetlights, and water mains; drilling holes; and putting up poles. Even the family dog, along for the ride, takes in the sights. The cheerful illustrations enhance the smooth, rhyming text. They are full of detail and hum with activity (a family of ducks and a whimsical rooster appear throughout). The simple phrases and rhymes provide the perfect read-aloud for lap-sits or storyhours with children who love construction or transportation themes.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

On the car ride to visit Grandma, a young boy is delighted to see many trucks and construction workers doing their jobs.

As they wind through towns, down country roads and along the highway, they see construction crews doing all sorts of jobs, from jackhammering roads and pruning trees to changing streetlamp bulbs and fixing water pipes. As his unflappable mother drives (smile pasted on her face), the lucky boy even gets to watch as they put up telephone poles: "Left lane closed / for drilling holes. // Watch out now, / they're putting up poles." Ho's brightly colored artwork is tailor-made for her audience. While her scenes are visually packed with people, vehicles and activity, all are rendered with basic shapes and colors and lack the distracting details that would overwhelm young children. Suen's sparse rhyming verse leads readers through the busy scenes and uses simple vocabulary that suits both the youngest listeners and those just beginning to read. Throughout, kids can pick out funny things "hidden" within the pictures—people and animals that make repeated appearances. And while the focus may be on construction trucks, many community vehicles are in evidence as well.

Would that every car ride were as entertaining—truck lovers are sure to ask to drive this route again and again. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101648728
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 901,109
  • Age range: 2 years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Anastasia Suen, author of more than 60 books for children and Picture Writing (Writer's Digest Books, 2003), co-taught children’s literature at University of North Texas. She currently teaches the Story Structure Workshop at Southern Methodist University and children's writing workshops online. Suen talks about books and writes with children and adults at schools, libraries, bookstores, book festivals and conferences. A credentialed elementary school teacher, she is on the Reading Advisory Board for the Rosen Publishing Group and has worked as a poetry consultant for Sadlier-Oxford. A former director of Seminars in Children's Literature and advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Suen is a co-founder of the Writers Roundtable Conference. She is on the Children's Book Council Children's Book Authors and Illustrators List and the "Great Children's Poets" List.
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