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Machines Go to Work: William Low

By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review
Published:June 18, 2009

Machines Go To Work Machines Go to Work

by William Low

Reading Level: Baby-Preschool

Hardcover: 42 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (May 12, 2009)

What to Expect: Trucks, Helicopters, Boats, Trains, Lift the Flap, Onomatopoeia

When I first picked up Machines Go to Work, I didn’t realize what a cool lift the flap book it was!  Every third page or so opens up into a beautiful illustration, depicting a different machine doing its job:  a fire truck being used to rescue a kitten, a backhoe digging a hole to plant a tree, a helicopter carrying reporters, flying above a family of ducks crossing the road.  The text flows well, and the story is a fantastic read aloud.  Once you finish with the story, there is a fun fact section on all of the different machines, with illustrated diagrams of cement mixers, helicopters, and boats.

The real show stealers in this book are the illustrations.  Award winning artist and illustrator William Low is known for his exquisite attention to detail, and you can see it in every single image.  Also, unlike some Truck and Train Books, the images aren’t bright and harsh; rather, the soft color scheme brings the scenes vividly to life–my favorite is the giant container ship passing underneath a bridge.  As an added bonus, this isn’t one of those Machine Books solely geared toward boys.  I think the beautiful illustrations will appeal toward little girls who enjoy trucks and boats as well.  I quite frankly fell in love with the picture of the cherry blossom trees where the kitten is rescued.  For any young lover of machines, this is a must-read!

William Low also did a fantastic interview on his creative process for this story.  To check it out, go here.

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<a href="https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/author/amanda-lynch">Amanda Lynch</a> is a writer, editor, and blogger who grew up in Florida knowing she belonged somewhere else. She now lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three amazing little boys. She is the Eco-Friendly/Green Living Contributor over at the <a href="http://www.primeparentsclub.com/author/amandalynch/">Prime Parents' Club</a> and strives to live earth friendly in a world of disposable diapers. When not writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing around a curly-haired boy, she cheers for the Gators (in all kinds of weather) and occasionally remembers to sleep. You can also find her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AmandaLynchWriter">Facebook</a>, or on Twitter as <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thebookprincess">@thebookprincess</a>.

  • Hey! I love your blog! As a mom of two boys – almost 4 years old and 17 months old – I love to find books that my kids don’t already own! We’re avid readers in our house, so I totally appreciate your blog! And I just posted a post about books and reading over at my blog, with some other book suggestions!

    June 23, 2009
  • Thank you for the kind comments, Loukia! I enjoyed looking at your blog as well–you had some great suggestions for young readers as well as adults!

    June 23, 2009

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