From the time Henry is a baby he loves to put things together -- wheels with rods, switches with levers, cranks with gears. By the age of six, he's built an Amazing Machine that fills his entire room. But Henry doesn't mind. He keeps on building. By the time he's ten, the machine has taken over the entire house --- and the yard. His parents are proud of Henry, but they're getting a little worried. They can't help wondering: What does it do?
Rollicking text and ingenious collage illustrations full of visual humor add to the fun in this clever picture book sure to inspire and delight every young inventor and builder.
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Dayle Ann Dobbs has written many playful young picture books. She lives in Carmel Valley, California.
Kyrsten Brooker as selected a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her first book, Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter. She lives in Edmonton, Canada.
PreSchool-Grade 3–As a tiny tot, Henry loves to build things. At age six, he creates an "Amazing Machine" that fills his room, and in the ensuing years, it gradually takes over every bit of space inside and outside his house. As his proud but puzzled parents move into a tent and eventually a tree to make room for the burgeoning collection of gears, cranks, and found objects, they ask him, "...what does it DO?" Henry inevitably replies, "DO?... I haven't a clue," and keeps on constructing. His contraption attracts large crowds, and the circus atmosphere and nonstop noise finally prove too much for his parents, who put a stop to the building. A disheartened Henry runs into the owner of a carnival who is shutting down due to the lack of an audience and an idea is born that lets Henry follow his dream and brings the carnival hoards of new customers. Dodds's text has a rhythm and pace that begs to be read aloud. Done in deep tones, Brooker's collage artwork sprawls across the spreads and creates a vibrant sense of movement and scale in the ever-expanding apparatus. The artist uses found objects, fabric, paper, and paint to create the unusual device that will have children poring over the pages. This book will be welcomed by budding builders and youngsters who revel in the chaos and imagination of creation.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374329532