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B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Sobel, June, Iwai, Melissa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0544108086     ISBN-13: 9780544108080
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: September 2013
Annotation: As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alphabet books.
Board books.
Roller coasters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2013037636
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 6.75" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
JUNE SOBEL is a talented writer whose picture books include B is for Bulldozer, Shiver Me Letters, and The Good Night Train . She has a master of fine arts degree in painting from Stanford University and lives in California. Please visit

MELISSA IWAI has illustrated several picture books including Chanukah Lights Everywhere, Night Shift Daddy, Good Night Engines, and Wake Up Engines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Fall)
""Do you see the Asphalt for paving the road, / or the big shiny Bulldozer pushing a load?"" A simple text in rhyme and detailed, clear illustrations follow from [cf2]A[cf1] to [cf2]Z[cf1] the work at a construction site. What makes the familiar topic of additional interest here is that the year-long building project results in an amusement park, with [cf2]Z[cf1] for ""Z-O-O-M!"" as kids ride the long-awaited roller coaster. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 April #3)
Perhaps the only thing better than watching a construction site is knowing that it will result in a new amusement park. With that premise, first-time author Sobel joins veteran Iwai (Night Shift Daddy) in a trip through the alphabet: "Do you see the Asphalt for paving the road?/ or the big shiny Bulldozer pushing a load?" Iwai's emphasis on the interplay of shapes and colors make her pictures especially appealing for youngest eyes, but even connoisseurs will revel in the Matchbox-like appearance of the equipment and the wide variety of angles and perspectives used throughout the book. One particularly striking picture puts a hoisted I-beam smack in the foreground. Following Sobel's lead, Iwai prefers to zero in on the construction action rather than provide an overall feel for how the park is progressing from spread to spread. However, readers can gauge the passage of time by the seasonal changes in the land outside the chain-link safety fence, and by the corresponding wardrobe changes of the observers. By "S," youngsters "see the Scaffolds come down," and in the final pages, the civilians finally get to reap the benefits: "Z" stands for the "Z-O-O-M!!!!!!!" of the new park's roller coaster. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 July)
PreS-K-Two youngsters stand outside a fence watching a construction crew perform its many tasks, sometimes stopping for lunch or coffee. They are joined by neighbors and passersby, fathers and children, mothers with strollers, and kids with dogs. Each page has about 10 words of text with one brightly colored letter of the alphabet in uppercase font. Many aspects of the construction work are covered, from "Asphalt" to "Tools," and then readers can enjoy the completed amusement park from "Scaffolds" coming down to the "Z-O-O-M" of the roller coaster. As the work progresses, the change of seasons is reflected in the countryside and in the clothing worn. The full-bleed, naive artwork in bright acrylics depicts the vast scene from many angles, showing a close-up view of a squirrel in a tree or a distant patchwork quilt of a farm, but the construction activities always hold center stage. This is a well-thought-out story that allows children to follow the progression of events. There is a wonderful sense of community as the workers cooperate to get the job done and the neighborhood folks avidly watch at first and then enjoy the finished product. A great choice for individual and group sharing.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.