Bam, Bam, Bam

Eve Merriam, Author, Dan Yaccarino, Illustrator Henry Holt & Company $14.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8050-3527-8
Vibrantly told and boldly illustrated, this story of urban construction is a perfect marriage of text and art. The late Merriam's straightforward, muscular verse (""SLAM, SLAM, SLAM,/ goes the steel wrecking-ball,/ BAM, BAM, BAM,/ against a stone wall'') recounts a process engrossing to most children. Yaccarino, effectively repeating the same graphic style and brilliant tones he employed in Big Brother Mike, here exchanges that big-headed protagonist for burly, large-bodied workers. The book's design, too, contributes to the forceful presentation: text, formatted in white lettering on black or black on white, appears in horizontal strips at the bottom or top of each spread. POW! Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
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