June 15, 2014
Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
by Sally Sutton
illustrated by Brian Lovelock
“Grab your gear. Grab your gear.
Buckle, tie and strap.
Safety jackets, boots, and hats.
Zip! Stamp! Snap!”
So begins Demolition, a brief, punch picture book about the demolition of a building. From the short, snappy text to the fun sound words, this is a book that begs to be read aloud.
As brief as this book is, it is jammed full of action and information from how the building comes down to how the workers deal with what is left. And it doesn’t stop there. Sutton takes readers through the new role for the building site — a role that will be near and dear to the reader.
An author’s note at the end of the book wraps things up with a variety of Machine Facts, inluding the names of the heavy machines that get this job done.
Lovelock’s richly colored illustrations invite the reader into the world of the construction worker. There are clearly both men and women but the workers look child-like enough to appeal to the child reader.
Whether you have a young reader who is into building things or big trucks, pick this one up and try it out for a fun read aloud. That said, with all the sound noises, pick another book for bed time reading. Chose this one before pretend play or time outside. Young readers who like this book might also enjoy Sutton’s Roadwork.