Machines Go To Work – by William Low

Machines Go To Work – by William Low, Henry Holt & Co., 9781250114938, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is a starred review)  4

What did you like about the book? These bright, bold pictures of trucks and other vehicles at work will capture the interest of any child who loves construction vehicles, fire engines and any other service vehicle. There are page sized flaps which a child can turn open in order to see the vehicle at work. Along with each picture are sounds, so a creative adult reading this book to a young child will have fun imitating the sounds of the vehicles.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This book would appeal to a child between 1-3 and I’m afraid that children that young will rip the pages after about two readings. The pages are flimsy and the creases of the pages look like they are ready to rip at any minute.                        

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is recommended for very young toddlers, ages 1-3. Although it might rip easily, the pictures of the vehicles are so great that with adult supervision, this book would be enjoyed by any child who loves trucks.

Who should buy this book? It doesn’t seem substantial enough to withstand multiple uses at a library. It would be best for home use with a parent supervising.

Where would you shelve it ? N/A

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: June 25, 2017


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