Machines Go to Work
These books have unique formats that invite reader participation and work particularly well with their content.
A book about service machines combines seamlessly integrated fold-out pages with delicate artistry. An “Action News helicopter” hovers over traffic, its spinning, lime-green blades a painterly blur. “Is there an accident ahead?” readers are asked. Lifting the full-page flap reveals that, rather, “a family of ducks is crossing the road.” Elsewhere, a “shiny red tugboat must hurry. Someone needs help!”; folding out the page shows the tugboat safely pulling a container ship under a drawbridge. Surprising use of color (a railroad crossing sign lights up against a swirling lavender backdrop) make the mechanical subject matter, always a favorite, spring off the page. Ages 2–6. (May)