From the award-winning duo that brought machine-mad kids Construction and Roadworks.

Swing the ball. Swing the ball.
Thump and smash and whack.
Bring the top floors tumbling down.
Bang! Clang! Crack!

Load the trucks. Load the trucks.
Lift and shift and heap.
Drive away the piles of junk.
Whump! Whop! Beep!

Busy workers and noisy machines demolish an old building and build a new playground in this fun picture book from the award-winning team of Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock.


Sally Sutton has a keen interest in European languages. She has an M.A. (Hons) in German, and also enjoys writing plays for the stage. Her first picture book for Walker Books Australia, Roadworks, won the Picture Book category of the 2009 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, and was followed by Demolition and Farmer John’s Tractor. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and two daughters.

Brian Lovelock is a scientist working in the power industry in New Zealand. He has painted all his life but has only recently ventured into the world of book illustration. His previous titles with Walker Books Australia include Your Mother Didn’t Do That! and Roadworks which won the Picture Book category in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. In 2013, Brian was long-listed for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award for his work on Demolition. In 2014, Flight of the Honey Bee won the LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award, was a Storylines Notable Book and was a finalist for the LIANZA Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.


The onomatopoeia in Sutton’s simple rhyming text is appealingly extreme, and it’s like a natural for listener repetition, though the verses could be more distinct from one another. Lovelock’s bright pictures—in ink, acrylic and colored pencil—are a solid match.Smashing good fun for preschoolers of both genders.

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English 4-11 Book Awards Leicester
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