for Machines Go to Work in the City
by William Low
“VROOOOM! Here comes the garbage truck, making its run! When the truck makes its last pickup, are the garbage collectors done for the day? No, they must go to the landfill to empty the trash.” William Low takes a fresh approach to the popular preschool topic of vehicles in this question-and-answer narrative with clever, foldout pages that extend each big-city scene and reveal the answer to the question posed in the text. Low’s realistic, detailed digital paintings are full of energy and excitement, not to mention trucks, cars, trains, and many types of specialized equipment. The narrative moves from morning to evening, with the final scene showing a plane taking off over Manhattan as the sun sets. The illustrations not only showcase many kinds of vehicles but also picture diverse men and women working in many kinds of skilled labor. A two-page spread at book’s end provides a vehicle roundup, with technical information about each. (Ages 3–6)
CCBC Choices 2013. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013. Used with permission.
Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an interactive gatefold which extends the original picture to three pages, revealing something new about each situation.
The last spread diagrams each city machine, providing additional information for young readers to pore over again and again.
William Low's classically-trained artist's eye adds a new layer to this genre, and both parents and children will appreciate the beautiful illustrations, the attention to detail, and the clever situational twists revealed by lifting the flaps.
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