The next offering 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!

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


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.


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

Library Media Connection

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

The Book Bag

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

The School Librarian

This attractive, hardback publication will have readers turning the pages again and again to discover the detail in each stage of the construction. Educational and entertaining.


This is a story that’s lots of fun for little builders in the making.

Kids Book Review

This is the kind of book that pre-schoolers will ask for repeatedly – because of the irresistible rhythm, the clever onomatopoeia, and the bright, spacious illustrations.

Kids Books NZ

A thrilling ride full of twists and plenty of action


Full of bold illustrations and building noises that must be said loudly.

Otago Daily Times

Young readers will love this onomatopoeic picture book that takes them on a journey filled with construction as a library is being built.


Preschoolers obsessed with construction vehicles and their capabilities will adore this brightly coloured picture book.

Sun Herald

This is a great book to share with active boys or girls, it follows the construction of a library.

Sunraysia Daily

Both writer and illustrator have this picture book exactly right.

The Book Chook

It’s a pleasure to read from start to finish.

Magpies Magazine


New Zealand Book Awards, Picture Book Award
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