“Hurley’s book is as sleek and modern as its subject.” –Booklist
“Kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale construction.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A sophisticated vehicle primer with detailed construction vocabulary.” —Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed picture book creator Jorey Hurley whose work has been called “stunning” and “dramatic” tells the story perfect for the youngest reader of all the different and mighty trucks it takes to build a city skyscraper!
What once was a vacant lot, watch as truck by truck, a towering skyscraper is built in this beautifully illustrated picture book about trucks and construction. This beautiful picture book includes a glossary of fourteen truck images and their names.
In her spare graphic style, Hurley shows how construction machines work together, on the ground and up high, to build a skyscraper. Single action words describe their roles: a demolition excavator's job is to "crush," a dump truck's job is to "dump," and a semi truck's role is to "haul." Above the street, cranes raise and lower materials and a construction worker stands in a green cherry picker to "place." Final spreads show the completed skyscraper, a worker washing its high windows, and the skyline of the "city" under full moon. End pages include an illustrated key to the machines with corresponding descriptions: "a luffing-jib crane has a very short counter jib, which allows it to rotate within a narrow radius." A sophisticated vehicle primer with detailed construction vocabulary. Ages 3 7. \n