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Publishers Weekly Review
Part of the new Wheels at Work series, the paper-over-board book At a Construction Site by Don Kilby introduces young readers to the machines needed to demolish an old building and erect a new one. Thickly applied acrylic paint and concise text lay out everything from the crane with its wrecking ball to the forklift delivering new materials to the lunch truck carrying sustenance for hungry workers. On the Road, also by Kilby, follows the same format. Each title is also available in an edition that includes a foldout play area and four truck magnets. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 1-3-Despite the author's enthusiastic invitation to "Put on your hard hat" (Construction Site) or to "Climb aboard" (On the Road), these disappointing titles will not readily engage readers. The vocabulary is too sophisticated for the preschool audience that's usually interested in these topics, and terms like "rubble" and "debris" are not defined. The acrylic paintings depict the machines described but in a static manner; these vehicles never seem to be actively working like those in Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks (HarperCollins, 2000). With no distinct features, the humans are purely background; even when they are portrayed in active roles (such as assembling a carnival ride) they seem flat and stiff. The first title begins with the demolition of a building and ends with the completion of a community center, but not every step of the construction process is clearly described. For example, the text does not explain how the steel beams got to the site, or when the backhoe dug the ditches needed for the cables. In Road, the illustration of a tractor trailer's cab points out the CB radio, mirror, and steering wheel but neglects to identify the myriad circles on the dashboard. This book also moves abruptly from introducing various transportation trucks to how roads are maintained. Two mediocre offerings.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
In [cf2]Site[cf1], dull prose identifies the construction vehicles (cranes, backhoes, etc.) that work at a site where an old building is being razed and a community center is being built in its place. In [cf2]Road[cf1], equally lackluster prose introduces various trucks, including a tanker trailer and a refrigerator truck. Both books' acrylic illustrations have a gauzy quality that diminishes the power of the vehicles. [Review covers these Wheels at Work titles: [cf2]At a Construction Site[cf1] and [cf2]On the Road[cf1].] From HORN BOOK Fall 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.