Head to the farm to see the tractors ploughing, spraying, moving and harvesting in this new addition to the best-selling ROADWORKS series that makes the perfect interactive read-aloud for vehicle-obsessed kids.

Down on the farm, let’s cut the earth.
Chop, chop! Don’t stop!
Break that ground!

Down on the farm, let’s cut the earth.
What makes that cut-cut-cutting sound?

A book in the ROADWORKS series full of rhyming words that describe the machinery used in farm work from planting the seeds right through to harvesting the corn. Right at the centre of the action is the family tractor!


Sally Sutton is the award-winning and bestselling author of Roadworks, Demolition, Construction, Dig, Dump, Roll and Wheels. In 2009, Roadworks won the Picture Book category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, and in 2015 Construction was a finalist. Sally has also written many other books for children. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and two daughters.

Brian Lovelock is an award-winning illustrator of 10 picture books including the Roadworks series, The Raintrain, Flight of the Honey Bee, Gecko and Ambulance, Ambulance! His illustration awards include Best Picture Book in the 2009 New Zealand Book Awards (for Roadworks) and the 2014 LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for illustration (Flight of the Honey Bee). Brian was long-listed for the 2013 CILIP Kate Greenaway Award for his work on Demolition and in 2019 he was a finalist in the Nami Concours illustration competition. Brian lives in Auckland where he works as a scientist in the power industry.


This is a book that toddlers will ask to be read again and again… It is a great resource for home and school libraries.

Read Plus

Sutton is a master of informative easy to read books and her latest book Tractor is no exception.

Kids Book Review

Tractor is colourful, and the working farm is brought to life by Brian Lovelock’s richly detailed illustrations. Young readers will be fascinated by the many tasks a tractor can do and find appreciation for the hard work of farmers to produce food that makes its way to our tables. The text and rhyme is accessible and rhythmic, drawing young readers into the fascinating world of working vehicles. There are plenty of opportunities for craft and word learning for young readers, and parents, teachers and librarians will find it a fun read. The inclusion of a visual diagram of the parts of the tractor is sure to have young vehicle lovers engaged and repeating new words in their tractor vocabulary! Tractor is a wonderful glimpse into life on a farm and the integral role working machinery plays in the world. It forms part of the Roadworks series – an excellent introduction for young readers to all things construction from the wheels that turn large trucks to the beautiful chaos of construction and demolition.

Reading Time

There were lots of new farm vehicles to learn, a great story about the vehicles put to work on a farm, staring, of course, our versatile stalwart: the tractor.

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