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{"id":10265182602,"title":"The Construction Alphabet Board Book","handle":"the-construction-alphabet-board-book","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Author Jerry Pallotta\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/jerry-pallotta\"\u003eJerry Pallotta\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca title=\"Illustrator Rob Bolster\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rob-bolster\"\u003eRob Bolster\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSmash! Crash! Ka-boom!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA is for Aerial lift.\u003cbr\u003e B is for Backhoe.\u003cbr\u003e C is for Cement Mixer.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls tear up the pages of this noisy alphabet book. Find out about these construction machines and more, from a huge saw that cuts through roads to a massive vacuum that sucks up boulders. You'll even learn a quick and easy recipe for concrete!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eReaders explore construction equipment from dump trucks to cranes in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta's trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Book series\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/collections\/jerry-pallotta-alphabet-books\"\u003eJerry Pallotta's Alphabet Book series\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Alphabet Trucks\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/alphabet-trucks\"\u003eAlphabet Trucks\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/construction-alphabet-book-spread.jpg?12259584185199890036\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJerry Pallotta, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJerry Pallotta has written many books for children and has visited thousands of schools and libraries across America. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"author Jerry Pallotta\" href=\"charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/jerry-pallotta\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jerry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRob Bolster, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRob Bolster graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as an illustrator for many years. He has illustrated several books for children. Rob lives in Massachusetts with his family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Rob Bolster\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rob-bolster\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Rob.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis alphabet book spotlights large-scale construction equipment, from \"A is for Aerial Lifts\" to \"Z is for Zipper ... used to slice asphalt.\" With three pages left after Z, the book playfully starts over with \"A is for Asphalt Reclaimer\" through \"C is for Compactor\" and suggests that children finish the next 23 letters themselves. Pallotta provides more information than most picture books about the topic for this age group, with a typical entry including three or four sentences with an occasional suggestion of the sound a vehicle or a tool makes: \"crunch, crunch, crunch ... eng, eng, eng\". Sometimes a bit of facetious humor (\"Do not use a road cutter to cut your toenails\") lightens the tone of the text. The handsome illustrations, which have the look of acrylic paintings, are well composed and precisely delineated. Suitable for primary-graders as well as for preschoolers who have the patience to look carefully for a minute or two before turning the page.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment-from an aerial life to a zipper-are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jack hammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOld Schoolhouse Magazine\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs the mom of six sons, I've read a fair share of \"tractor books\" through the years. The hands-down favorite was one that actually had a tractor steering wheel on the book. But the horn died a few years ago, the pages begin to tear, and we finally retired the book amidst real tears hitting the garbage can. Jerry Pallotta's newest book, The Construction Alphabet Book, was just what we needed to pull us from our grief! With gorgeous illustrations by Rob Bolster, \u003ci\u003eThe Construction Alphabet Book\u003c\/i\u003e follows the style of Jerry Pallotta's other alphabet books, guiding us through all 26 letters of the alphabet with a construction vehicle or other equipment piece to represent each letter.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJerry's writing about each piece of equipment is interesting and engaging. These are no simple preschool rhyming sentences but instead real information about the subject matter using accurate terms and an extensive vocabulary. As I was reading this to my 4-year-old, I thought that perhaps telling him \"Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation\" might be a little over his head. But he just nodded, grinned, and tried to repeat it. Thanks, Jerry, for reminding me that little guys can handle big words! Of course, this also means that even though this is an alphabet book, it is by no means only for young children trying to learn their letters. 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Crash! Ka-boom!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA is for Aerial lift.\u003cbr\u003e B is for Backhoe.\u003cbr\u003e C is for Cement Mixer.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls tear up the pages of this noisy alphabet book. Find out about these construction machines and more, from a huge saw that cuts through roads to a massive vacuum that sucks up boulders. You'll even learn a quick and easy recipe for concrete!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eReaders explore construction equipment from dump trucks to cranes in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta's trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Book series\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/collections\/jerry-pallotta-alphabet-books\"\u003eJerry Pallotta's Alphabet Book series\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Alphabet Trucks\" href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/alphabet-trucks\"\u003eAlphabet Trucks\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/construction-alphabet-book-spread.jpg?12259584185199890036\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJerry Pallotta, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJerry Pallotta has written many books for children and has visited thousands of schools and libraries across America. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"author Jerry Pallotta\" href=\"charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/jerry-pallotta\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Jerry.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRob Bolster, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRob Bolster graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as an illustrator for many years. He has illustrated several books for children. Rob lives in Massachusetts with his family.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Illustrator Rob Bolster\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/rob-bolster\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Rob.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis alphabet book spotlights large-scale construction equipment, from \"A is for Aerial Lifts\" to \"Z is for Zipper ... used to slice asphalt.\" With three pages left after Z, the book playfully starts over with \"A is for Asphalt Reclaimer\" through \"C is for Compactor\" and suggests that children finish the next 23 letters themselves. Pallotta provides more information than most picture books about the topic for this age group, with a typical entry including three or four sentences with an occasional suggestion of the sound a vehicle or a tool makes: \"crunch, crunch, crunch ... eng, eng, eng\". Sometimes a bit of facetious humor (\"Do not use a road cutter to cut your toenails\") lightens the tone of the text. The handsome illustrations, which have the look of acrylic paintings, are well composed and precisely delineated. Suitable for primary-graders as well as for preschoolers who have the patience to look carefully for a minute or two before turning the page.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment-from an aerial life to a zipper-are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jack hammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOld Schoolhouse Magazine\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs the mom of six sons, I've read a fair share of \"tractor books\" through the years. The hands-down favorite was one that actually had a tractor steering wheel on the book. But the horn died a few years ago, the pages begin to tear, and we finally retired the book amidst real tears hitting the garbage can. Jerry Pallotta's newest book, The Construction Alphabet Book, was just what we needed to pull us from our grief! With gorgeous illustrations by Rob Bolster, \u003ci\u003eThe Construction Alphabet Book\u003c\/i\u003e follows the style of Jerry Pallotta's other alphabet books, guiding us through all 26 letters of the alphabet with a construction vehicle or other equipment piece to represent each letter.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJerry's writing about each piece of equipment is interesting and engaging. These are no simple preschool rhyming sentences but instead real information about the subject matter using accurate terms and an extensive vocabulary. As I was reading this to my 4-year-old, I thought that perhaps telling him \"Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation\" might be a little over his head. But he just nodded, grinned, and tried to repeat it. Thanks, Jerry, for reminding me that little guys can handle big words! Of course, this also means that even though this is an alphabet book, it is by no means only for young children trying to learn their letters. My older nephew is a construction equipment expert, but I know there is information in this book even he hasn't read anywhere else!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you have a construction fanatic living in your home, this book is sure to be well loved.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/construction-alphabet-board-book-cvr.jpg?150561569185880535\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/construction-alphabet-board-book-hires.zip?150561569185880535\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBoard\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-799-8\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges:0-5\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 28\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cb\u003eHardcover\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-437-9\u003cbr\u003e \u003cb\u003ePaperback\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-438-6\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 4-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

The Construction Alphabet Board Book

By: Jerry Pallotta / Illustrated by: Rob Bolster

Smash! Crash! Ka-boom!

A is for Aerial lift.
B is for Backhoe.
C is for Cement Mixer.

Rock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls tear up the pages of this noisy alphabet book. Find out about these construction machines and more, from a huge saw that cuts through roads to a massive vacuum that sucks up boulders. You'll even learn a quick and easy recipe for concrete!

Readers explore construction equipment from dump trucks to cranes in this noisy alphabet book. Jerry Pallotta's trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

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Jerry Pallotta, author

Jerry Pallotta has written many books for children and has visited thousands of schools and libraries across America. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his family.

Read more about Jerry.


Rob Bolster, illustrator

Rob Bolster graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as an illustrator for many years. He has illustrated several books for children. Rob lives in Massachusetts with his family.

Read more about Rob.

Booklist

This alphabet book spotlights large-scale construction equipment, from "A is for Aerial Lifts" to "Z is for Zipper ... used to slice asphalt." With three pages left after Z, the book playfully starts over with "A is for Asphalt Reclaimer" through "C is for Compactor" and suggests that children finish the next 23 letters themselves. Pallotta provides more information than most picture books about the topic for this age group, with a typical entry including three or four sentences with an occasional suggestion of the sound a vehicle or a tool makes: "crunch, crunch, crunch ... eng, eng, eng". Sometimes a bit of facetious humor ("Do not use a road cutter to cut your toenails") lightens the tone of the text. The handsome illustrations, which have the look of acrylic paintings, are well composed and precisely delineated. Suitable for primary-graders as well as for preschoolers who have the patience to look carefully for a minute or two before turning the page.

School Library Journal

Pallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment-from an aerial life to a zipper-are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jack hammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.

Old Schoolhouse Magazine

As the mom of six sons, I've read a fair share of "tractor books" through the years. The hands-down favorite was one that actually had a tractor steering wheel on the book. But the horn died a few years ago, the pages begin to tear, and we finally retired the book amidst real tears hitting the garbage can. Jerry Pallotta's newest book, The Construction Alphabet Book, was just what we needed to pull us from our grief! With gorgeous illustrations by Rob Bolster, The Construction Alphabet Book follows the style of Jerry Pallotta's other alphabet books, guiding us through all 26 letters of the alphabet with a construction vehicle or other equipment piece to represent each letter.

Jerry's writing about each piece of equipment is interesting and engaging. These are no simple preschool rhyming sentences but instead real information about the subject matter using accurate terms and an extensive vocabulary. As I was reading this to my 4-year-old, I thought that perhaps telling him "Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" might be a little over his head. But he just nodded, grinned, and tried to repeat it. Thanks, Jerry, for reminding me that little guys can handle big words! Of course, this also means that even though this is an alphabet book, it is by no means only for young children trying to learn their letters. My older nephew is a construction equipment expert, but I know there is information in this book even he hasn't read anywhere else!

If you have a construction fanatic living in your home, this book is sure to be well loved.

Board
ISBN: 978-1-57091-799-8

Ages:0-5
Page count: 28

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-57091-437-9
Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57091-438-6

Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32