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Tools Rule!

by Aaron Meshon
 

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Calling all tools to the workbench! Aaron Meshon’s follow-up to Take Me Out to the Yakyu, which The New York Times Book Review calls “a definite home run,” hits the nail on the head.

In a messy yard, a busy day begins for a team of tools. With a click, click and a bang! bang!, everyone from Wrench, Hammer, and

Overview

Calling all tools to the workbench! Aaron Meshon’s follow-up to Take Me Out to the Yakyu, which The New York Times Book Review calls “a definite home run,” hits the nail on the head.

In a messy yard, a busy day begins for a team of tools. With a click, click and a bang! bang!, everyone from Wrench, Hammer, and Screwdriver right down to Nuts and Bolts is pitching in to make a shed. Okay, crew! Who’s ready to build?

From “hammer” and “wrench” to “awl” and “vise,” readers will construct a vocabulary of terrific tool terms as they learn the importance of teamwork.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
The backyard looks somebody opened up a toolbox and spread the contents hither and thither. There’s work to be done, and the tools themselves are just the can-do objects for the job—every one of them has a ready smile and eager eyes. After treating readers to a smattering of tool puns (“Vise, we’re all scattered. What should we do?” “My advice, Let’s get a grip on things.”), Meshon (Take Me Out to the Yakyu) puts his cheery toylike crew to work building a tool shed. The bright cartoon spreads are filled with an epic cast of very cute characters, but by using arrows emblazoned with text to emphasize key actions (“Saw saws Wood”), Meshon makes the project easy to follow. With plenty of deeply satisfying onomatopoeia (“Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!” is the sound of the saw) and tool jokes (What sound does a nail make when it’s being hammered in? “Ok! Ouch! Ok! Ok! Ouch!”), the story should be deemed a job well done by preschool or kindergarten DIYers. Ages 4–8. Agent: Ruben Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Mar.)
March 2014 Booklist
"A yard full of anthropomorphized tools organizes itself into action in order to build a shed they can call home. Each of the members of this smiling menagerie performs its job according to plan—drafting, measuring, cutting, assembling, and demonstrating good spirit and admirable teamwork in the process...the especially vivid palette, with a remarkable range of saturated colors and rich, dense backgrounds, adds to the good-natured ebullience. This friendly, informative outing will appeal to budding builders with an interest in colorful construction."
March/April 2014 Horn Book
"A diligent T-square rallies its fellow tools to get to work building a shed so they will all have a place to rest their heads. . . . Meshon’s lively text is packed full of tool-centric wordplay. . . . A detailed note on the copyright page describes Meshon’s process for creating his digitally colored mixed-media illustrations showing smiley tools with a can-do attitude."
Library Media Connection
"Naturally fascinated with tools and what they do, young children will want to read this book again and again. Besides being absolutely hilarious, each tool displays an individual personality. Meshon's layout and design, filled with bubbles and vividly colored comical cartoons, are a perfect complement that will have the youngest children laughing out loud as they learn about each tool."
February 2014 School Library Journal
"A yard full of amiable tools comes together to build a toolshed. Meshon’s illustrations are bright, bold, and emblazoned with smiling faces.... The large, clear font will make this clever title an appropriate choice for beginning readers and will challenge older readers to move beyond the basics (saw, hammer, nails) and learn about more advanced tools.... With this lively text and positive message about the benefits of teamwork, Tools Rule! will please readers with an interest in how things work and provide an opportunity to spur engaging audience participation while reading aloud. This book could provide an excellent jumping-off point to engage students in further informational reading about tools or building structures."
April/May 2014 BookPage
"Reminiscent of many Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld collaborations, Tools Rule! is full of clever puns easy enough for young readers to understand. Little handymen and women will love the bright illustrations and kid-friendly fonts. The simplicity of each detailed spread is spot-on for this age group. Although each page is bustling with objects and activity, it’s easy to spot specific tools and their corresponding names. This is perfect for the budding builder who is just starting to read."
Horn Book Magazine
"Meshon’s lively textis full of tool-centric wordplay; a detailed note describes his process forcreating the digitally colored mixed-media illustrations of smiley tools with acan-do attitude."
Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
It’s a messy yard and the tools are scattered—they cannot even find each other! It is time to organize. With Vice in the lead role, all tools come together. One by one the tools report at the workbench for the day’s construction assignment. Pencil sketches and scratches with T-square and a draft plan of a new tool shed is created. Wheelbarrow gathers wood and the familiar noises of construction begin. With a lot of hard work the tools and silliness the tools finish the new shed. Inside the shed is a neat and organized place for all the tools to rest. The illustrations are brightly colored which will keep young audiences engaged. Using construction based sounds and rhyming techniques, Meshon has produced a fun story that begs to be read aloud. This story will surely delight young carpenters who enjoy their tools. The age group is targeted for 4 to 8 year olds; however, three years old to six would most enjoy this story. It covers basic sounds, tool recognition and sets a great example of teamwork for younger audiences. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
Are there any tots who don't like to play with toy tools? Most likely not, and this appealing and inventive story features animated tool characters, each with its own individual traits. T Square rounds up a crew of tools to clean up a messy yard and build a tool shed. T Square and Pencil draft plans; Wheelbarrow gathers materials; Saw saws Wood; Drill drills Screws; Level inspects; Glue glues on Roof Tiles, etc. Together, they work hard, and when the project is finished, they go to sleep in an organized toolshed feeling satisfied. The colored digital illustrations are imaginative (each tool has eyes, and some have legs), with sound effects offering opportunities for participation: "Brush brushes Paint. SWISH! SWASH! SLOP!" Mild puns add to the fun, as when T Square holds the flashlight to illuminate the darkened outbuilding and says, "Let me shed some light on things!" Diagrammatic arrows with large letters nail down the interchange among the tools and cleverly enforce the concept of working together. Meshon's animated style in this story could easily be turned into a short film cartoon. Buy it along with a wooden tool set as a gift for an enterprising young carpenter. (Picture book. 4-8)

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A yard full of amiable tools comes together to build a toolshed. Meshon's illustrations are bright, bold, and emblazoned with smiling faces. Even the tiniest eraser on a pencil has a cute cartoon face. The large, clear font will make this clever title an appropriate choice for beginning readers and will challenge older readers to move beyond the basics (saw, hammer, nails) and learn about more advanced tools, such as an awl and a T square. To complement the anthropomorphic tools, the text includes onomatopoeia sound effects: "Saw saws Wood. 'Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!' Drill drills Screws. 'Zip! Zip! Zip!'" With this lively text and positive message about the benefits of teamwork, Tools Rule! will please readers with an interest in how things work and provide an opportunity to spur engaging audience participation while reading aloud. This book could provide an excellent jumping-off point to engage students in further informational reading about tools or building structures.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442496019
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
428,868
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Aaron Meshon is an illustrator and designer for magazines and products around the world, and the author-illustrator of several picture books, including Take Me Out to the Yakyu, Tools Rule!, and Delivery. Aaron lives with his wife, French bulldog, and son in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Aaron online at AaronMeshon.com.

Aaron Meshon is an illustrator and designer for magazines and products around the world, and the author-illustrator of several picture books, including Take Me Out to the Yakyu, Tools Rule!, and Delivery. Aaron lives with his wife, French bulldog, and son in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Aaron online at AaronMeshon.com.

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