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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  441 ratings  ·  106 reviews
What's even more exciting to preschoolers than seeing big machines that build things? Watching
the massive ones that tear them down!


Crush the stone. Crush the stone.
Chip and grind and munch.
Make new concrete from the old.
Whirr! Churr! Crunch!

From the huge crane with a swinging ball (crack! ) to the toothy jaws that ram the walls (thwock! ), this rambunctious demolition,
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Candlewick
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Cherie
From my 5 year old son Ben:
It was good! I would give it 10 stars! I liked reading about the construction site because I like construction. I liked how they painted the pictures.

From my 2 year old son Eli:
He kept repeating the sounds from each page (Rip! Roar!, etc) and laughing and he kept pointing at the trucks on each page. After we were done he had fun flipping through the pages on his own.

From me:
This was a really fun book about the demolition of an old building so a new playground can be
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Gwen the Librarian
This is the PERFECT "truck" book. The rhyming text describes what each machine does, rather than stating what it is or how it looks. There is great, non-repetitive onomatopoeia on every page, so this adult doesn't get bored reading it. Just as I was wishing it did actually say what each machine was somewhere on the page, I found the back matter that covers it all. This feature is great because it makes the book perfect for big machine aficionados who are tired of books that just name machines, b ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Sutton, S. (2012). Demolition. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.

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This creative story takes the reader through the sounds and images of a construction site. With large print and action packed illustrations, this book would make an excellent read aloud for preschool through 2nd grade students. In addition, I think upper elementary aged students, especially boys, will enjoy this story because it presents factual information about construction work in
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Lgourley
BAM! CRASH! SLAM! SMASH! Great for boys and girls! Demolition is all about construction. See what the machines can do and what they will build.

This book is great for discussing onomatopoeia (sound words) to students. Informing them that with out those words the story would be pretty boring. Onomatopoeia brings life to the story. The students will discuss the story together as a class. Then they will write a short story using onomatopoeia words and tell us what they would create if they could op
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Margaux
This one went over really well with the kiddos today at my Preschool Pals storytime. We're working on our construction terminology because of the renovation we're experiencing at Messenger, so this book really is awesome for my purposes (cue maniacal laugh). It's super repetitive and has lots of construction sounds and vehicles depicted. At the end, there's a page that pulls out all of the machines featured in the book and tells a fact about them. In the words of one of my kiddos, "look at all t ...more
Jim Erekson
I like this as an example of a concept book. Like Machines at Work by Byron Barton or Machines Go to Work in the City, by William Low--but this one just focuses on demolition. The one page of back matter describes in labeled diagram the specific tools used for the job in the story.

The text uses onomatopoeia for each rhyming presentation of a moment in a building demolition--although a lot of it is focused on salvage rather than demolition. Of course, it would be a salvage company doing the demo
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David
Demolition by Sally Sutton, illustrated by {author: Brian Lovelock] follows a demolition crew and their big machines as they demolish, recycle, and clean up a site, followed by new construction.

Lovelock's bright illustrations portray lots of demolition action. The double page spreads are quite effective and large enough for group read-alouds. My favorite illustrations are swing the ball, work the jaws, falling walls, crushing stone, and sorting steel.

Bang! Clang! Crack! Rip! Roar! Crash! Thud!
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Barbara
Filled with pigmented ink illustrations showing plenty of action and engaging language describing that action, this title perfectly depicts the sounds of a building being destroyed by the big machines necessary for such a task. From the moment the wrecking ball strikes a structure to when the concrete has been crushed and debris hauled away to provide a space for something new to be built, the language is engaging and fun to say; for instance, the author describes the "thump and smash and whack" ...more
babyhippoface
This colorful picture book traces the process of demolishing a building and replacing it with a playground. It begins with the workers suiting up, shows the wrecking ball smashing the top floors, then follows it up with different machines used to finish destroying the building and removing the rubble, then ends with more workers constructing a "big toy" for a new playground.

Each spread shows a different machine performing its specific function alongside simple rhyming text that tells what the m
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Aleece
A demolition crew is in charge of tearing down an old building with all different types of construction equipment and then building something new out of the old parts.

This is a great book on how to recycle the different types of materials like wood, metal and stone and how they can be used to make new and different things. There is also a nice sing-song feel and nice sound effects that kids will enjoy too.
Round Lake Area Library Youth Services Department
A demolition crew is in charge of tearing down an old building with all different types of construction equipment and then building something new out of the old parts.

This is a great book on the cycle of different types of materials and how they can be used for different things. There is also a nice sing-song feel and nice sound effects that kids will enjoy too.
Laurie
A preschool favourite, as evidenced by the book being added to the "bed library" kept under the blankets for bedtime reading. Bright colours and well-illustrated big machines appealed to our under 5 "crew". The rhyming format is easy to read, easy to understand. For every young child who loves to see things torn down.
Tasha
There has been a movement recently to create some very original and fresh construction and truck books. Before that, it was a bit of a desert of naming big trucks, telling how they work, and leaving it at that. This book is one of the best of those new, fresh books about construction vehicles. In rhyming lines, it tells the story of the demolition of a building. It begins with the people getting ready, moves to the wrecking ball, then the excavator and its tearing jaws. There are stone crushers ...more
Fjóla
Jun 16, 2012 Fjóla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2 - 6 year olds, all lovers of mighty machines
This is a brand new book we saw on display at the library. My son loves everything "truck" and he's watched every single episode of Mighty Machine at least three times, so we couldn't pass over a truck book. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one. Each page spread focuses on one part of the demolition process and the machines involved. The emphasis is on recycling the materials, and some of them go into the building of a playground that we watch take shape at the end of the bo ...more
Michael
Little guys, big trucks. A match made in heaven. But even better than watching huge machines make stuff is watching them knock stuff down. And wait for the twist at the end!
For more great picture books for little guys, see: http://www.talestoldtall.com/B4BPictu...
Sylvester
5* art
5* story

Squirt loves "Roadwork" so much that this one can't possibly be as awesome - but almost! These are fantastic books - repetition, rhyme, machines of all kinds, and truly wonderful illustrations. Hard to beat.
Kellylou
I can think of many young readers that would love the words and illustrations in this book! Filled with awesome sights and tons of action, this will be one they want to be read over and over again.
Sarah
Great board book for toddlers who like to voice loud noises. And cool to read about machines and people who destroy buildings to build a playground! City setting that needs introduced to rural kids like mine.
Asho
Just like the other Sutton book we recently read, Roadwork, this one has fun sound effects and an energetic rhyme scheme. However, something about demolition just makes me sad. I know the book ends happily and shows the old materials being repurposed, and I know demolition is usually just an innocuous part of construction projects (which is how its depicted in this book), but I guess I was feeling particularly morbid when I read this because I couldn't stop thinking about all the demolition work ...more
Donna L Martin
Nice book for young readers ages 4-8 to learn more about what is involved in tearing down a building. Colorful illustrations and nice surprise ending.
Bunnyjadwiga
From the author of Roadwork comes this lively rhyming text about knocking down a building. The illustrations are colorful and clear, and while the rhythms are sometimes strained, the onomatopoetic "whizz, bang, crash..." terms at the end of each page's rhymes are not. The activity includes sorting and recycling materials from the destroyed building, followed by a brief construction of a playground. (It might have felt more balanced with several more pages devoted to the steps to the playground c ...more
Sara Harrison
Aubrey is obsessed with this books. She is loving the machines. And the simple plot. And the delightful rhthym of the text. She chants it all day.
Betsy
This is sort of the antithesis to Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site albeit in a good way. Where Goodnight, Goodnight is all sweet dreams and soft colors, Demolition is bright colors and lots of action as machines tear down a building to build a playground. Onomatopoeia, good rhyme, plus the illustrations make this a book truck-lovin' preschoolers will love. The back page has a nice factual account of the different machines/parts used for those who want to know what things are.
jacky
Liked how this was the opposite of most truck books by focusing on demolition rather than construction. William likes it.
Melanie
A new storytime favorite! Right off the bat I noticed that the illustrator included WOMEN construction workers! Way to go for gender equality!

This a fantastic rhyming text that has wonderful rhythm. The first line of each page is repeated and action text follows So: "Swing the ball. Swing the ball. Thump and smash and whack. Bring the top floors tumbling down. Bang! CLANG! CRACK!"

Kids will be rocking to the fun sounds in this text as well as enjoying joining in on the whams and bams! Readers wil
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Mckinley
Not just demolition but also creation. Lots of noises and sounds to read aloud.
Bonnie
A simple rhyming book about demolition vehicles.
Casey
Great rhythm, rhyme, and sound words.
Terry
Little Kid Reaction: My neighbor’s five year old son loved the illustrations and the sound effects that accompanied the text.

Big Kid Reaction: If you love big equipment and construction machines this is a very cool book. I liked the section at the end of the book where the equipment was pictured again along with their technical names and the functions they fulfilled.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub.
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May 31, 2015 H rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Sally Sutton is an Auckland playwright and children’s writer. Her first picture book, "Crazy Kiwi Tops and Tails", was published by Penguin in 2006. "Roadworks" will be her third picture book. She lives in the bush-clad suburb of Birkenhead with her husband and children
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