Published in 2008, Roadwork (also by Sutton and Lovelock) describes how roads are built and in the process, proves that it’s the journey and not the destination that counts. Oh, and what a noisy, exciting journey it is! The book begins with “Plan the road. Plan the road./ Mark it on the map./ Hammer in the marking pegs./ Ping! Bang! Tap!” and ends with the celebratory opening of the brand-new road (“Toot! Honk! Vroom!”). In between, accompanied by Sutton’s lively rhyming text, we see excavators, bulldozers, steam-rollers, graders, front-end loaders, dump trucks, and truck-mounted cranes doing their stuff: digging, scooping, lifting, sliding, rolling, sealing, and squashing. Lovelock’s airy fine-line illustrations (created with pigmented ink) make clear that it’s the construction trucks that are the stars of this show. The humans are just along for the ride, as these marvelous machines clear pathways, lay stones, roll the tar, and hoist signs. It’s every little truck lovers’ dream!

 

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