What are they building in ‘Construction’?!


I set out on a walk last week. As I approached a building site on my street, I noticed a woman with a baby and a little boy, about three years old, standing fixedly at the site fence, gazing at the holes in the ground, the cement mixer and the piles of bricks. Twenty minutes later, as I finished my walk, I saw that this little party were still there, the little boy now talking animatedly as he pointed things out to his mum. A wave of nostalgia hit me – when my kids were preschoolers, I clocked up plenty of hours standing in front of construction sites as well!

Construction, a new book by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock is a building, trucks and tools book with a bit of a difference (because there’s a wonderful ‘reading’ message at the end). Lots of terrific construction-related onomatopoeia are provided within the text, which also serve to play out Sutton’s gentle rhyme –

“Dig the ground. Dig the ground.
Bore down in the mud.
Shove the piles in one by one.
Slip! Slap! Thud!”

There’s a nice ‘glossary’ on the last page for those readers who want some more detail about key construction vehicles however Lovelock’s bright, appealing illustrations provide lots of detail for aspiring builders to pore over.

Construction is suitable for children aged two years and over. Find it in all good book stores or online at Fishpond. For more books by Sally Sutton for building fans, check out Roadwork and Demolition.



Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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