SAM AND THE CONSTRUCTION SITE by Tjibbe Veldkamp

SAM AND THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fascinated by its big machines, Sam spends his days peering into a construction site.

The young lad wonders whether he’ll ever get his hands on the steamroller and the cement truck, wondering longingly, “What if I could drive those machines?” Each time the construction workers eat lunch, the boss tasks Sam with two big responsibilities: he must stay at the gate and prevent anyone from entering the site and call the police if anyone does. During lunchtime one day, two older kids tease Sam and convince him to enter the construction site just as a suspicious car with shadowy occupants passes nearby. “All right,” says Sam. “I’ll go in, but then you must call the police.” Through a strong union of words and pictures, Veldkamp and Hoogstad construct an understated, slyly subtle narrative full of joy and charm. Once Sam enters the construction site, he sets off a string of seemingly bewildering actions. He flattens the mysterious car, pours concrete in front of the local bank, and uses the crane to lift up the police car on its way. The illustrations—figures and machinery constructed with smooth, rounded lines and brush strokes of color—contrast nicely against white backdrops. Here the book’s tall portrait orientation provides ample space for Sam’s antics, which put an end to a bank robbery. Sam, it turns out, is a hero. All the characters, robbers included, in this Dutch import are white.

Readers will surely enjoy a few visits to this construction site. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-935954-49-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016




MORE BY INEKE LENTING

ChildrenCOME AND DANCE, WICKED WITCH! by Hanna Kraan
by Hanna Kraan
ChildrenPLAYGROUND by Mies van Hout
by Mies van Hout

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenI AM A BACKHOE by Anna Grossnickle Hines
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
ChildrenDEMOLITION by Sally Sutton
by Sally Sutton
ChildrenGOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
by Sherri Duskey Rinker