cover image Build!


Red Nose Studio. Random House/Schwartz, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-37611-9

The work is nonstop at this volume’s construction site, featuring 3D models by Red Nose Studio that are, as usual, vividly photographed and impressively detailed right down to the scuffs and dirt smudges. Imperative text appears always in the thick of the action: when an excavator scoops out a chunk of material, “DIG” fills the cavity, and when a payloader fills an articulated dump truck with rocks, “LOAD” appears right at the point of transfer. Clearly, something enormous is being built that requires the impressive talents of many machines—but who’s in charge? When it’s finally revealed that the foreperson is a dark-haired, light-skinned child, readers may not be surprised, but they’ll probably experience at least a little toy envy via this book that offers a wonderful excuse to read—and build—again. Ages 3–7. (May)