by Red Nose Studio (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

For all young truck lovers and fans of books like Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site! Watch a series of amazing construction vehicles--a dump truck, a bulldozer, and many others--build a building unlike any other. Then delight in the surprise ending, where young readers and listeners can see that the trucks are actually toys that a little boy is playing with!

Bulldozers, dump trucks, and cranes are just a few of the vehicles working together in these pages to build something incredible. The payloader makes the hole for the foundation (DIG), the semi-loader brings in the huge blocks (HAUL), and the crane lifts them up (HOIST). But is this a real construction site, or a boy's backyard? And after the structure is done, what happens next? Yes, the inevitable: he makes it all tumble down and is ready to start all over again!

Here is an ingenious book that showcases all kinds of trucks and celebrates the joy of imaginative play. But it is also a marvel of ingenuity on the part of Red Nose Studio, who has hand-built each of the trucks, as well as the construction site, then photographed his 3-D creations. As added value, the inside of the jacket--which pictures each vehicle and a simple description of what it does--can be hung in a child's room as a poster.

Publishers Weekly

The work is nonstop at this volume's construction site, featuring 3D models by Red Nose Studio that are, as usual, vividly photographed and impressively detailed right down to the scuffs and dirt smudges. Imperative text appears always in the thick of the action: when an excavator scoops out a chunk of material, "DIG" fills the cavity, and when a payloader fills an articulated dump truck with rocks, "LOAD" appears right at the point of transfer. Clearly, something enormous is being built that requires the impressive talents of many machines--but who's in charge? When it's finally revealed that the foreperson is a dark-haired, light-skinned child, readers may not be surprised, but they'll probably experience at least a little toy envy via this book that offers a wonderful excuse to read--and build--again. Ages 3-7. (May)

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Red Nose Studio
Chris Sickels is the creative force behind the award-winning Red Nose Studio. He has illustrated countless picture books, including Jonah Winter's Elvis Is King! which received two starred reviews, as well as Shana Corey's The Secret Subway, which received three starred reviews and was selected as an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year. The New York Times called Here Comes the Garbage Barge a glorious visual treat and awarded it the Best Illustrated Book Award. Chris builds his 3-D illustrations with wire, fabric, wood, found objects, and more. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and as a poster for the NYC subway. He has been awarded three gold medals and one silver by the Society of Illustrators. Visit him at or on social at @rednosestudio.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2022

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