The House That Mack Built


Mack is the construction supervisor and his team is building a house. From the skidder who brings the logs to the cement truck that pours the foundation, from page to page kids get to see how a house is put together. Remember the cumulative poem, "The house that Jack built?" This is an updated version of the poem with modern tools (large heavy machinery and vehicles) and they actually build a house. Backhoes, cement mixer, front loader. PLUS, it's a popup book! The big construction machines actually move!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright colors (including the equipment!) and pop-ups will engage young kids while you read them this story about building a house.

Content Awareness Factors:

The rhyming was awkward at times. With very young children you might want to supervise reading so the tools don't get broken or ripped.

Little Kid Reaction

My kids LOVED the popups in this book. I'm not sure they had the presence to understand the poem, as it was a bit complicated and long. But my 3 BOYS loved the popups.

Parent Reaction

I loved the popups. I was very impressed by the way they worked and their inventive mechanisms. However, like most popups, it didn't take long for the kids to break them. Within 3 readings and they had broken 2, I fixed one and then it got broken again on the next reading. I thought the text was creative but difficult to read. The poem (following the original pattern) relies on rhythm and rhyming, but the rhyming scheme changed, and sometimes that pushed the paired rhymes on separate pages, which throws off the rhythm of the whole reading.

Type of Book:
This is a pop-up board book that uses a rhyme scheme kids can have fun with.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for exploring words and language. Kids will love learning about the pieces of equipment. You can also talk about how houses are built, and also talk about how things are done in steps or by teams.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with three brothers, 2, 4 and 6 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you have a child who LOVES trucks and big equipment, you will definitely want to buy this one. Even if you don't read it, the pop-ups of the equipment working will engage them for hours.

Title The House That Mack Built
Author Susanna Leonard Hill
Publisher Little Simon © 2002
Illustrators Ken Wilson-Max
ISBN 0689848137
Material Board Book
Cost $7.99
Genres Poetry, Transportation
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