Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Holub and Dean, the team behind Mighty Dads, hammer home a message of cooperation in a story about five tools that learn to work together. After each tool-a hammer, pair of pliers, saw, screw driver, and tape measure-introduces itself, it's off to school, where their independent building projects don't work out until they combine their skills. There's nothing wrong with the premise or theme, but the story falls flat. Holub's rhymes are often halfhearted and obvious ("Know what you need? It could save the day:/ Cooperation. Say it now, okay?") with uneven rhythms, and Dean doesn't capitalize on the excitement that tools and construction hold for many kids. With their small smiles, static poses, and half-lidded eyes, his dashed-off tools barely look like they're awake, let alone engaged in what they're doing. Ages 3-5. Author's agent: Liza Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator's agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-The characters of this brief, rhyming tale head to school on their very first day. Their destination is Tool School, presenting five young personified tools-Hammer, Screwdriver, Pliers, Saw, and Tape Measure-experimenting with their skills and finding their way around a builder's classroom. Cartoon illustrations feature their wide-eyed excitement for learning, frustration as they try to work independently for the first time, and cubbies filled with enough wood, cardboard, screws, nails, glue, and clamps to satisfy their every experiment. Young readers unfamiliar with basic tools will find an introduction to each character, a description of the tool's purpose, and how each works. Led by their teacher Ms. Drill, the tools practice safety and skills, working first alone and then learning together to explore the value of cooperation. Text includes a bit of onomatopoeia-the sounds of constructing a toolbox-while speech bubbles highlight a busy conversation. A final spread presents "Cool Tool Tips" and the reminder to work with a grown-up and wear safety goggles. -VERDICT A must-read for budding makers in all libraries, measuring up to the need for early introduction to creative tools, and entertainingly illustrated for the very young.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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