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?