Dig it! This is a cool book.

Summary:

The construction team is building a light rail system to make it easier for people to move around town. It takes a lot of different equipment - some you might not recognize! Using a Q-and-A format, readers learn about the tools, how they're used, and the people who operate them in this lift-the-flap board book.


Parent Perspective:
This is so cool. I never knew about 80% of this. The first time I read the book I was so focused on the equipment, its pieces, and its role that I didn't even realize "we" were building a light rail. That made me go back and read it again. 

Young readers will know some of the big rigs (like an excavator, bucket truck), but there are plenty they won't (tunnel borer, tie dragon, among others). The author expertly layers individual pieces of equipment and the specialties of the people who use them AND tells a story about building a light rail. So much to "dig" in this book. The call-and-response format is perfect for this audience, as are the big lift-the-flap pages.

This is definitely a book to put on your shelf if you have a child who loves building, construction work, big machines, or is just curious about how things work.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Large flaps and great questions prompt readers to identify the pictured big rig. Readers will be brimming with confidence and all of the knowledge they have about these machines.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is an interactive board book about the types of equipment and jobs that go with building a light rail system.
Educational Themes:

At the end of the book, two children are building a railroad of their own. Get out the trucks and road toys and enjoy some pretend time building something with your child.  We think you'll be amazed at the level of detail they use in describing what they need and what the "tools" are helping them do.

Although the labels may have "big words" talking about the different parts of the machinery and pointing to it is a great way to help your child see the connection between spoken and written words. 

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely borrow. Seriously consider buying it if you have a construction or transportation fan.

Title Whose Big Rig?
Author Toni Buzzeo
Publisher Abrams Appleseed, Imprint ABRAMS © 2021
Illustrators Ramon Olivera
ISBN 9781419742200
Material Board Book
Cost $10.99
Genres Transportation
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