Machines Go to Work

William Low, Author, William Low, Illustrator
William Low, Author, William Low, Illustrator Holt $14.95 (42p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8759-8
Reviewed on: 04/06/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
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Machines Go to Work William Low Holt , $14.95 (42p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8759-8

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)

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