Author(s): Sally Sutton
Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong!
Finalist: New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
The New Zealand duo who created Roadwork and Demolition turn their considerable talents to the building of a library. ... Printed in large, clear letters, the rhythmic text uses basic vocabulary, strong verbs, and onomatopoeia, making it wonderful to read aloud. Artwork is done in ink, acrylic, and colored pencil on full-bleed spreads where pigmented inks and a variety of perspectives are used to great effect. ... The simplicity of the telling and the rich details in the spreads make this a must-have for all libraries serving young children.--School Library Journal (starred review)Sutton and Lovelock are back for more fun combining dynamic text and illustrations for little builders. ... Sutton's rhythm and rhyming text pulsates, moving the pace along briskly. "Dig the ground. Dig the ground. / Bore down in the mud." Onomatopoeia rounds out each stanza: "Shove the piles in one by one. / Slip! SLAP! THUD!" Bold, bright illustrations convey the scope of the effort and machinery required to lift stacks of lumber or sheets of plate glass into place. ... There's always room for one more good construction book: Make a spot for this one.--Kirkus Reviews
Sally Sutton has a keen interest in European languages. She has an M.A. (Hons) in German, and also enjoys writing plays for the stage. Her first picture book for Walker Books Australia, Roadworks, won the Picture Book category of the 2009 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and was followed by Demolition and Farmer John's Tractor. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and two daughters. About the illustrator:- Brian Lovelock is a scientist working in the power industry in New Zealand. He has painted all his life but has only recently ventured into the world of book illustration. His previous titles with Walker Books Australia include Your Mother Didn't Do That!, The Rain Train and Roadworks which won the Picture Book category in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. In 2013 Brian was long-listed for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his work on Demolition.