A new building is going up, and that means lots of noise-and lots of work. First the site is boarded off, then the construction begins. Soon the scaffolding goes up, next the building's skeleton is made, and finally it's time for the walls and the ceilings to be put in. With its simple text, labeled machinery, and cut-paper artwork, this book is a perfect introduction to the ins and outs of construction for curious children.
"This is clearly a book that will provide hours of rapt concentration and finger-pointing." (Booklist)
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Sue Tarsky is the author of many books for children. She lives in London, England.
Alex Ayliffe lives in England.
From the opening page, readers are launched into a description of a construction site: ``Before construction can start, the site is boarded off to keep pedestrians out.'' Every double-page spread presents a short text and the steady progress at the site of a future office building, with labels and pointers for about 20 items in the scene (e.g., ``site hoarding sheets,'' ``safety officer,'' and ``dump truck''). There are pages on excavation, building a foundation, and putting up scaffolding, down to a scene of wallpaper hangers and moving men. Toddlers will pore over the trucks, machinery, and building, even if the stylized art--bright blocks of color resembling cut-paper collage--leaves out the details they crave most. Every hardhat is almost identical; there is no detail in the caterpillar tires, pistons, or vents. Ayliffe concentrates on soaring perspectives and congenial, cluttered settings; the imaginative use of colors and shapes keeps all the girders, building materials, and scenes distinct. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Puffin, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110698118200
Book Description Puffin. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0698118200 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1242042