Whose Tools?

Toni Buzzeo, illus. by Jim Datz. Abrams Appleseed, $9.95 (16p) ISBN 978-1-4197-1431-3

This delightful guessing game–style board book introduces 24 tools and the tradespeople who use them. “To build a house, start down low./ Whose tools are these? Do you know?” begins Buzzeo as googly-eyed, boot-wearing versions of a chalk line, jointer, chisel, and float smile at readers on a foldout page. Opening it reveals a mustachioed mason, who explains, “I smooth the cement until it’s flat.” Women are well represented among Datz’s carpenters, roofers, electricians, plumbers, and painters (who are drawn in a range of skin tones), providing a subtle “you could do this, too” message that is cemented in a closing scene of two children playing with blocks in the finished house. Ages 2–4. Author’s agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (May)
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