I Am a Backhoe
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
"Dig, dig, dig. Lift, turn, tip.
I am . . .a backhoe."
In spare text and vibrant illustrations, a little boy pretends to be a bulldozer, a crane, a dump truck, and a roller. And finally, he parks on the couch with his father for a quiet moment.
ANNA GROSSNICKLE HINES has been called a "sorceress of the ordinary" by The Horn Book for her ability to "touch her wand to a simple event and transform it into a delightful picture book." Anna's more than sixty books have garnered numerous honors, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Parents' Choice Award. Visit www.aghines.com.
Starred Review, Kirkus, January 15, 2010: "The digital artwork has a soft look and feel and features vibrant colors for both the clearly outlined objects and the blank backgrounds. Spare text with a simple vocabulary makes this an excellent choice for both toddlers and those who are just beginning to read. The author has turned an ordinary (and overdone) topic into something extraordinary."
Review, School Library Journal: "This is a worthy choice for preschoolers and kindergarteners with a big appetite for truck books."
Review, Readertotz.com: "Truly a feast ... If you have a truck lover, or a tot with eyes drawn to construction, be sure to share I Am a Backhoe!"