Every preschooler who is mad for machines will revel in this bright, boisterous picture book about the exciting process of building a road.
"Load the dirt. Load the dirt. Scoop and swing and drop. Slam it down into the truck. Bump! Whump! Whop!"
There are many big machines and busy people involved in building a road, and this riveting picture book follows them every step of the way. From clearing a pathway (SCREEK!) to rolling the tar (SQUELCH!) to sweeping up at the end (SWISH!), ROADWORK is sure to draw young onlookers with its rambunctious rhymes and noisy fun.
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||2 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Sally Sutton is a playwright and author of two previous picture books. She lives in New Zealand.
Brian Lovelock is a geophysicist as well as a fine artist. ROADWORK is his first picture book. He lives in New Zealand.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Better than a book about bulldozers or dump trucks, Roadwork follows the sequence of events in the construction of a new road. Excavators, cranes, steamrollers and more, make their appearance in this delightful rhyming romp down the path to a new highway. Each step in the process is described (even the planting of trees along the shoulders) in a fun and easy to understand language. The rhymes roll out easily and never seem forced, "Roll the tar. Roll the tar. Make it firm and flat. Squash it down and press it out. Squelch! SPLUCK! SPLAT!"The font is large and the exclamatory words are in a concrete style, "Screech! BOOM! WHOOSH!"Each stage has a double-spread illustration, done in bright but realistic colors in style reminiscent of folk-art. Colorful paint speckles adorn each painting, adding a touch of playfulness. In a nice touch, the construction crew is very diverse, featuring women and various ethnicities.Roadwork is a non-fiction book that is as much fun to read as fiction.
I don't often write reviews but felt compelled with this one. We randomly selected this book at the library 2 weeks ago. To say that both my 4 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son LOVE it would be an understatement. Reading this book together (which is no easy task with a 4- and 2-yr old!) has become an integral part of our day so I decided to purchase our own copy and make it a permanent part of our home library. The author and illustrator have created a perfect mix of visual imagery, sing-song rhyme, and fun onomatopoeias. My 2 yr old requests it by name two or three times a day and actually sits still and looks & listens; my 4 yr old has memorized most of the pages and "reads" along with me. I am purchasing one for both my nieces and my nephew!