Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Building With Dad

Do you like really awesome pictures of Big Trucks and Things that Dig? Do you like them a real lot? If so, then this book is for you:

Building With Dad by Carol Nevius, illustrated by Bill Thomson is awe-inspiring for Thomson's marvelous illustrations.

The first thing you should know is that this book is printed sideways, meaning that when you're ready to open it, the spine will be on the TOP of the book. When you hold it, you will have two-page spreads that are much taller than they are wide. The illustrations are nearly photographic in their detail, and some of them are the sort of "photo" that was taken with the camera on a slant. But they really convey the size of the equipment used in construction and give a great sense of the dirt and work involved in building a school.

About the text -- it is told in lackluster rhyme, and is fairly juvenile. I found there to be a disconnect between the fairly sophisticated artwork and the very young rhyme of the text. This book is perfect for young boys who don't want to be bogged down with lots of text, but who love big trucks. In fact, the pictures are so stunning that the text is nearly unnecessary.

Buy this one for the young builder in your life, who will (I'm sure) spend hours looking at the striking pictures.

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