The Construction Alphabet Book

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Smash! Crash! Ka-boom!

A is for Aerial lift.
B is for Backhoe.
C is for Cement Mixer.

Readers explore construction equipment in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta's trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

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Overview

Smash! Crash! Ka-boom!

A is for Aerial lift.
B is for Backhoe.
C is for Cement Mixer.

Readers explore construction equipment in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta's trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Beginning with "A is for Aerial Lift," this book takes the young reader through the alphabet by naming objects used in construction. The illustrations are terrific and will attract the attention of toddlers, although the text is written at a level far beyond the preschooler just learning the alphabet. One entry reads, "L is for Laser. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers project light in a straight line. They guarantee that tunnels, roads, buildings, and bridges are built perfectly straight." Quite a mouthful for the young reader or those reading to a toddler. There are familiar vehicles described, such as a dump truck and a cement mixer. There are also obscure items, such as a knuckleboom loader that would be known to few people outside of the construction industry. Despite all this, there is something jaunty in the tone of the text and that, added to those realistic illustrations, will keep many kids fascinated. 2006, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 10.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Pallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment-from an aerial lift to a zipper-are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jackhammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914386
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Bks.
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 159,329
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His books combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    A good book.

    My son was three when I bought this book. He enjoys it. It is a little long, but a good book. Informative.

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