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"This is all about as good as it gets for truck-obsessed preschoolers." — The Horn Book (starred review)

From the huge crane with a swinging ball (crack!) to the toothy jaws that ram the walls (thwack!), this rambunctious demolition, reverberating with sound words, is guaranteed to have small kids rapt. Bright spreads showcase the gargantuan machines in all their glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763664930
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 22
Sales rank: 271,808
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Sally Sutton is a playwright and the author of Roadwork, also illustrated by Brian Lovelock, along with other picture books. Sally Sutton lives in New Zealand.

Brian Lovelock illustrated Roadwork by Sally Sutton as well as The Rain Train by Elena de Roo and Did My Mother Do That? by Sharon Holt. A geophysicist and fine artist, Brian Lovelock lives in New Zealand.

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From the Publisher

Sutton’s rhythmic text, full of onomatopoeia and muscular action words, captures the excitement and energy of big trucks hard at work and powerful machinery bashing concrete and metal. Lovelock’s meticulous illustrations, rendered in pigmented ink, give the job site a suitably dusty patina and put the equipment and vehicles center stage, where young fans will want them...This is all about as good as it gets for truck-obsessed preschoolers.
—The Horn Book

The text is rife with onomatopoeic phrases and action verbs, making it great for reading aloud and building vocabulary. Lovelock’s pigmented ink illustrations capture details about the machines–from treads to gears–in a style that is graphic and yet painterly. The geometric nature of the construction equipment offers another avenue for engaging children with the book.
—School Library Journal

Smashing good fun for preschoolers of both genders.
—Kirkus Reviews

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Demolition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
melodyreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nice rhyme; tearing down and building, with recycling of building materials. Nice book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My toddlers and I love this book! We discovered the book at the library and renewed it three times. We read it every night. It's memorable and fun. The onomatopoeia is also fun for the kids and helps them remember the story so they can participate.