In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!
As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, this is Jonathan Bean’s retelling of his own family’s true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author’s collection.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, February 2013 issue:
""Lovingly told, this captivating tale will help satisfy a child’s curiosity of what it takes to create a building from scratch."" -- School Library Journal, starred review
Starred Review, The Horn Book, January/February 2013 issue:
""Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting."" -- The Horn Book
Starred Review, Kirkus, December 1, 2012:
""Raise the roof for this picture book. It’s something special."" -- Kirkus, starred review
Review, Publishers Weekly
""A warm look at the nuts and bolts of building a house and turning it into a home.""--Publishers Weekly
Review, Booklist, January 1, 2013
""What’s heartwarming throughout is the depiction of a tight-knit family (“My family makes up a strong crew of four”)."" -- Booklist
""Wonderfully detailed, often humorous cartoon-styled pictures."" -- BCCB