I absolutely adore the chunky BLOCK series of board books by Christopher Franceschelli and the design team Peskimo. The illustrations are a little bit retro with beautiful palettes and the design of the books is always amazing. Every page has a flap to lift or unfold that reveals a new scene or layer to the action on the page.
BuildaBlock begins with a boy and a girl looking in a big city through the peek holes in the windows of the walls surrounding a construction site. The text reads, "What's going on here? Can I look too?" From there, the various machinery at the construction site is named, my favorite being the page that reveals the tunnel borer, a flap pulling down to reveal the underground subway tunnel and a fossil even deeper down! The final double page spread reads, "We build it up, we build it down . . . We build, build, build all over town!" with one flap lifting up to display a skyscraper under construction and a flap opening to the right, turning it into a three page spread!
All five BLOCK books are worth buying, but Builda Block is DEFINITELY the book for the little lover of cars and trucks and things that build.
THE BLOCK BOOKS!
Source: Review Copy