A little boy joins his father at a construction site
Dad’s helping to build a new school, and he takes his son to watch its progress. They see lots of machines at work: a dump truck, a backhoe, an earthmover, a giant grader, a steamroller, a cement mixer, a crane, and more. Finally, the school is finished—just in time for the first day. Bill Thomson’s exquisite illustrations, rendered in acrylic paint and colored pencils, are delivered in a double-spread vertical format, which, when the book is turned sideways, bring this building experience to life with unprecedented dramatic perspective.
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Carol Nevius lives in Coral Springs Florida, with her husband, Hugh, and their three children. She teaches Language Arts at Westglades Middle School.
Bill Thomson lives in Southington, Connecticut, with his wife, Diann, and their three sons. He is Assistant Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford.
The creators of Karate Hour (2004) offer another energetic picture book with visual punch. Speaking in rhyming couplets, a young boy describes trips with his contractor dad to the site where a new school is being constructed. The use of rhyme feels too constraining, and some lines are clunkers: "The teachers have meetings. Dad's last workers rush. / Our waxed floors are gleaming. The toilets all flush." The pictures, though, have instant appeal. As in Karate, the spreads spill down the page vertically, rather than horizontally, for maximum impact. This time, however, Thomson uses full color, and his photo-realistic paintings bring viewers close up to, sometimes even under, giant machines that scoop dirt, dump gravel, and unload a river of cement seemingly right into the viewer's lap. Pair this with Kate Banks' The Night Worker (2000) and the titles listed in the bibliography "The Art of Construction," in the December 15, 2000, issue of Booklist.Gillian Engberg
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