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Author: James Horvath

Illustrator: James Horvath

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: A group of dog construction workers set out to fix a road and the job ends up being a bit bigger than they anticipated. This rhyming book introduces a number of construction vehicles and jobs in the process.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with children ages 1½ and 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My 1½ year old son is obsessed with tractors and construction vehicles. He loved the pictures but the story was too long for him. My daughter (3½) is not a huge fan of construction but loved the rhyming verses and the repetitive "Stop, Dog, Stop!" and "Play, Dog, Play!" refrains.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this book. It was fun to read and there were so many things to look at in the fun pictures. This is very well done. My daughter loved the rhyming words and the fun dogs. I was a little surprised that she liked it as much as she did because the topic was not her favorite, but she really enjoyed it. I thought my son might like it more than he did but it was just too long. I predict that in another year, he will love this book and I will look for it again then.

Pros: How can you not love the adorable dog illustrations and construction vehicles? The rhyming verses and the chance for your children to sing the refrains make this fun to share.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have a child who loves construction, I would recommend buying this book. If your little one is not fascinated with construction, I would still encourage you to check it out from the library because it is a fun book for everyone.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site BUILD, DOGS, BUILD, A TALL TAIL   THINGS THAT MOVE (Usborne First Words)   THE HOUSE THAT MACK BUILT

Educational Themes: The rhyming words help young listeners become readers. The repetition of sounds and the words on the page are excellent. The story also introduces kids to different kinds of jobs at a construction site, as well as different types of vehicles.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, rhyme, trucks

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

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