Thursday, December 8, 2022

Review: Construction Workers and What They Do by Liesbet Sloggers


Genre: Children's 5-11
Pages: 32
Published: November 29, 2022

An enlightening and informative book about construction workers and what they do. For children ages 5 years and up.

A construction worker builds houses. First the ground is made even, and then a layer of concrete is poured over it. Now the construction worker can get started. He builds the walls and makes sure they’re straight. When that’s done, he adds a roof, doors, and windows. But there’s still a lot more to be done inside . . .

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

Boy did I need this children's book about construction workers. I now have a better understanding of what the clients who call my new job do every day. The fact that I work in an office that works alongside construction workers did make this book more amusing for me to read.

It is a pretty simple story, giving a bare bones description of how a new house is built, which is fitting for the age range I thought it was for (I would lower it from what the book description on Amazon says). The language is more complex than I would expect an early reader to be able to handle, but simple enough for children to understand. 

The illustrations were big and almost blocky feeling, not like 8-bit drawings but like looking at a Duplo block rather than a traditional Lego brick. They were fairly simple while still showing the various stages of house building. 

Overall I give this book 3.7 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Liesbet Slegers (1975, Belgium) studied Graphics and Illustrations at the Saint-Lucas institute of Antwerp. She works as a fulltime graphic designer and illustrator. With her simple, recognizable style and vivid colours she knows how to attract the attention of every toddler. In her many books, Slegers frequently focuses on “the first experience of a toddler,” a time she characterized as “exciting but also very scary! I try to help them with my books,” she added, “and also try to give the parents or teacher some assistance!”

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