Friday, February 8, 2013

Demolition


Demolition
by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Candlewick, 2012.  Unpaged.  Picture book

     What's the only thing that's just as much fun as watching a building being built?  Seeing it get torn down!  Sutton and Lovelock's Demolition combines a bouncy, rhyming text with graphic renderings of a high-reach excavator, a crane with a wrecking ball, a bulldozer, and a concrete crusher taking down an old building to make way for a playground. Great read-aloud sound effects are built in to one of those repetitive chants that children love:  "Ram the walls. Ram the walls./Bash and smash and slam./First they wobble, then they fall./Thud! CREAK! WHAM!"  Artsy and gritty all at once.  What's not to like? 

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