A noteworthy review of Machines at Work from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2023
A premier publisher of children’s books, The Child’s World has launched ‘Machines at Work’, a new series for kids ages 4-8 showcasing a variety machines that help to make the world we live in today. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8206 ‘Fire Trucks’ by Cynthia Amoroso (9781503869561, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 4-8) Wee-ooo! A fire truck speeds past! Learn about the emergencies fire trucks are used for, and what makes them so important. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8344 ‘Garbage Trucks’ by Marv Alinas (9781503880801, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Crunch! A garbage truck picks up a trash can and empties it! Learn more about the different types of garbage trucks, and find out what happens when you take out the trash. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8205 ‘Dump Trucks’ by Cynthia Amaoroso (9781503869554, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Crunch! A garbage truck picks up a trash can and empties it! Learn more about the different types of garbage trucks, and find out what happens when you take out the trash. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8345 ‘Tow Trucks’ by Cynthia Amoroso (9781503880818, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) How are tow trucks used? What are the special parts of a tow truck? How do tow trucks work? Learn more about these important trucks! https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8346 ‘Trains’ by Hall Rogers (9781503880825, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 1-7) Roar! A train speeds past! Find out what trains carry in their many cars, from people to building supplies and fuel. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8199 ‘Airplanes’ by Cynthia Amoroso (9781503869493, $32.79, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Zoom! A huge plane is flying overhead! Learn more about the different types of airplanes, from passenger jets to cargo planes. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8202 ‘Concrete Mixers’ by Jean Eick (9781503869523, $32.79, 24pp, Ages 4-6) Whirr! A concrete mixer’s drum spins round and round! Learn more about why these big machines never stop moving. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8200 ‘Bulldozers’ by Marv Alinas (9781503869509, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Smash! A massive bulldozer flattens a building! Learn more about how bulldozers move over any surface, and find out what they are used for. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8204 ‘Diggers’ by Marv Alinas (9781503869547, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Buckets, booms, and backhoes are just a few of the cool parts on these interesting machines. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8203 ‘Cranes’ by Marv Alinas (9781503869530, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Clank! A crane drops a steel beam on top of a skyscraper! Find out more about wrecking balls, heavy loads, and other things a crane might lift. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8201 ‘Cherry Pickers’ by Hal Rogers (9781503869516, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 4-6) Buzz! A worker in a cherry picker cuts a power line high above the trees! Learn more about how cherry pickers work and what they are used for. https://www.childsworld.com/shop/show/8347 ‘Tractors’ by Hal Rogers (9781503880832, $32.79, HC, 24pp, Ages 5-6) Chug! Chug! A tractor rumbles across a corn field! Find out about the many jobs a tractor can do, and learn about where they are important. Critique: Each individual library bound, full color illustrated, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ title provides additional features to aid comprehension including a table of contents, informative sidebars and captions, an activity, critical-thinking questions, sources for further research, a phonetic glossary, an index, and an introduction to the author. Individually or as a complete set, these ‘Machines at Work’ titles are unreservedly recommended for preschool, elementary school, and community library collections for young children.
—James A. Cox