- ISBN-13: 9781442496019
- ISBN-10: 1442496010
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: March 2014
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-02
- Reviewer: Staff
The backyard looks somebody opened up a toolbox and spread the contents hither and thither. There’s work to be done, and the tools themselves are just the can-do objects for the job—every one of them has a ready smile and eager eyes. After treating readers to a smattering of tool puns (“Vise, we’re all scattered. What should we do?” “My advice, Let’s get a grip on things.”), Meshon (Take Me Out to the Yakyu) puts his cheery toylike crew to work building a tool shed. The bright cartoon spreads are filled with an epic cast of very cute characters, but by using arrows emblazoned with text to emphasize key actions (“Saw saws Wood”), Meshon makes the project easy to follow. With plenty of deeply satisfying onomatopoeia (“Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!” is the sound of the saw) and tool jokes (What sound does a nail make when it’s being hammered in? “Ok! Ouch! Ok! Ok! Ouch!”), the story should be deemed a job well done by preschool or kindergarten DIYers. Ages 4–8. Agent: Ruben Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Tools and the power of teamwork
In Aaron Meshon’s Tools Rule!, the tools in a very messy yard need to get organized, but how? By building a tool shed, of course! From the obscure awl to the ubiquitous drill, all the tools pitch in and, in turn, teach the reader about what they do. Find out what sounds a saw makes (vrip!) and how a level works as they put a frame together. Watch the glue stick on roof tiles and the paintbrush slap on paint. Once the shed is finished, these tuckered-out tools can finally get some rest, as long as the screwdriver doesn’t snore.
Reminiscent of many Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld collaborations, Tools Rule! is full of clever puns easy enough for young readers to understand. Little handymen and women will love the bright illustrations and kid-friendly fonts. The simplicity of each detailed spread is spot-on for this age group. Although each page is bustling with objects and activity, it’s easy to spot specific tools and their corresponding names. This is perfect for the budding builder who is just starting to read.