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

Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong!

This fantastically fun book describes all the heaving and hammering involved in building a new library. Full of action-packed illustrations and irresistible sound words - this is a story that will be easily read over and over again!

Roadworks series by Sally Sutton has reached over 1 million copies sold.


Sally Sutton is the award-winning and best-selling author of Roadworks, Demolition and Construction. In 2009 Roadworks won the Picture Book category of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, and in 2015 Construction was a finalist. Ambulance, Ambulance! will be Sally's eighth picture book for WBA.
Sally lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and two daughters. She has a keen interest in European languages and has an M.A. (Hons) in German.

Brian Lovelock is a scientist living in Auckland, New Zealand. He has painted all his life and ventured into the world of book illustration about ten years ago. His first illustrations for Walker Books Australia were for Roadworks (by Sally Sutton), voted Best Picture Book at the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Other titles with Walker Books Australia include: Your Mother Didn’t Do That!, Demolition, Construction, The Rain Train and Flight of the Honey Bee. In 2013, Brian was long-listed for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award for his work on Demolition and in 2014, Flight of the Honey Bee won the LIANZA Russell Clark Medal for Illustration. His latest project is Ambulance Ambulance!, due for publication in 2016.


This is a fun book with melodic verse, colorful images, and onomatopoeia which will have children jumping out of their seats.

Library Media Connection

This is a very desirable companion to the other books in the series, Roadworks and Demolition. Highly recommended.

The School Librarian

Construction is the type of book that can easily become a child’s favourite.

The Book Bag


New Zealand Book Awards, Picture Book Award
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