Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
There has been a movement recently to create some very original and fresh construction and truck books. Before that, it was a bit of a desert of naming big trucks, telling how they work, and leaving it at that. This book is one of the best of those new, fresh books about construction vehicles. In rhyming lines, it tells the story of the demolition of a building. It begins with the people getting ready, moves to the wrecking ball, then the excavator and its tearing jaws. There are stone crushers and wood shredders. Trucks are loaded and clear the site, then they start to build something. Something with slides, monkey bars, and plenty of fun.
The rhyme and rhythm of this picture book really make it work. It has a bouncy rhythm that makes the book ideal for toddlers. The rhyming lines finish on each set of pages with noisy words that bring the work site to life. Add to that the appeal of knocking something down and then building something new, and you have brought a toddler dream to life. The illustrations have a great texture to them that evokes the dust and dirt of demolition. They avoid being too cartoon-like and instead use different vistas on the project to allow young readers to see more than they could of in real life.
One of the most appealing construction or destruction books around, this belongs in every library collection. It will also be appreciated by librarians and teachers who have long been looking for construction books worth sharing in a story time setting. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.