Each spread describes the vehicle in detail, including its parts and function. The spreads also include instructions for constructing the machine described using the included die-cut pieces. Children can follow the steps to make each vehicle, then use the pieces to invent their own. It's the perfect introduction to simple mechanics for budding engineers everywhere.
- ISBN-13: 9781419721090
- ISBN-10: 1419721097
- Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: April 2016
- Page Count: 24
- Reading Level: Ages 5-7
- Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.5 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Graham and Ballestros invite readers to build nine two-dimensional construction vehicles with moving parts, using punch-out cardboard pieces, nuts, bolts, string, cogs, and wheels. A pegboard detaches from the cover to serve as a surface for creating each machine, as readers are instructed to use plastic bolts to attach a cement mixer’s drum, bulldozer’s blade, and other components to the board’s grid (“Push four bolts up through the base at H-13, J-13, H-17, and P-17,” reads a typical line of instructions). Ballestros’s cheerful, digitally illustrated scenes show construction workers in the process of building a school, operating machines that resemble the ones readers are putting together. The tactile elements, construction details, and ease with which the vehicles come together should provide a sense of satisfaction for budding gearheads. Ages 5–7. (Apr.)