Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

  Bulldozer Helps Out (The Bulldozer Books) by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, Simon & Schuster, 9781481458948, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)5

What did you like about the book? The surprise ending of this book makes it stand out from any other construction book. Bulldozer is at a busy construction site and watches all the big construction vehicles work. He offers to help over and over, but is told he’s too little and how only rough and tough trucks can build big skyscrapers. Finally the big trucks give little bulldozer a job to clear and flatten an area. He sets off to work, and at the end of the day, when the big trucks come to check on him, the area is just as it was at the beginning of the day. The big trucks are disappointed in the bulldozer and say they’ll flatten the area in a short time, but are stopped when little bulldozer makes them stop and listen. They hear a soft mewing sound and discover a litter of kittens. Little bulldozer now has the job of watching the kittens, which is the most important job of all. The illustrations are bold, with black outlining of the trucks. The trucks are also recognizable so very young children who  love construction vehicles will be able to tell them apart.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-4 who love construction vehicles will love this book.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, day care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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, DC.

Date of review: July 13, 2017


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