Sally Sutton is a playwright and the author of "Roadwork," also
illustrated by Brian Lovelock, along with other picture books.
Sally Sutton lives in New Zealand.
Brian Lovelock illustrated "Roadwork" by Sally Sutton as well as "The Rain Train" by Elena de Roo and "Did My Mother Do That?" by Sharon Holt. A geophysicist and fine artist, Brian Lovelock lives in New Zealand.
Sutton's rhythmic text, full of onomatopoeia and muscular action
words, captures the excitement and energy of big trucks hard at
work and powerful machinery bashing concrete and metal. Lovelock's
meticulous illustrations, rendered in pigmented ink, give the job
site a suitably dusty patina and put the equipment and vehicles
center stage, where young fans will want them...This is all about
as good as it gets for truck-obsessed preschoolers.
--The Horn Book (starred review)
The text is rife with onomatopoeic phrases and action verbs, making it great for reading aloud and building vocabulary. Lovelock's pigmented ink illustrations capture details about the machines-from treads to gears-in a style that is graphic and yet painterly. The geometric nature of the construction equipment offers another avenue for engaging children with the book.
--School Library Journal (starred review)
Smashing good fun for preschoolers of both genders.