Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper – by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

  Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper – by Anastasia Suen and illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke, Charlesbridge, 9781580897105, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This is a behind the scenes look at how a skyscraper is built. It shows just what is happening behind that huge fence that is erected around a construction site. As an adult reading the book, it was fascinating to see how a skyscraper is actually built. There is a small square on each page that illustrates the progression of the construction. The illustrations are clear and any child who loves construction will finally understand the construction process. Not only are the illustrations perfect for the book, they also highlight the massiveness of the project and the safety measures that are taken, from wearing hard hats to safety lines.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book except for the last page where there is a full-page flip to show the height of the building.  I’m afraid with multiple uses, this page will get ripped. Because it flips up, it might get folded when the child folds it back down and closes the book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 2-5. Any child who loves watching construction crews work will enjoy reading this book and understanding what is actually going on.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary school libraries, pre-schools

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 25, 2017


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