Bulldozer feels forgotten on his birthday, until a surprise brightens his day.
It’s Bulldozer’s big day, and he’s brimming with excitement. Bouncing across the construction site, the jubilant vehicle seeks out his friends. But Digger, Dump Truck, and the others seem too preoccupied to notice. (Participles are the order of the day: “scooping,” “sifting,” “mashing,” “lifting,” and more.) When the construction whistle blows, the deflated bulldozer starts to drag himself away, but then toots fill the air. Horns and engines resound as Crane hoists a giant cake up from a massive pit, much to Bulldozer’s delight. Action-packed pages and playful onomatopoeia will draw the construction-obsessed in, while the emotive little bulldozer, so perfectly personified, will capture the hearts and empathy of all. Fleming’s seemingly simple text is accessible, teachable, and loads of fun. As in Oh, No! (2012), she and Rohmann team up to great effect. Clever use of angles and perspective emphasize Bulldozer’s emotions of disappointment and joy, and the block prints have a warmth and authenticity that both entertain and endear Bulldozer to readers. Matte pages and an embossed cover add to its charm.
A winning addition to the construction-vehicle shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)