Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430341, 40pp.
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
Jackhammer Sam isn't just any old construction worker he's the sidewalk blasting man. He stops traffic, splits the sidewalk, and digs right down to the subway, all the while singing his song: "Atta-RATTA-binga-bong. Atta-RATTA-pinga-pong."
Lively illustrations by David Catrow portray a larger-than-life construction worker (and the bystanders who become caught up in his destruction) in hilarious detail as he choppa-chops his way through the city streets, outer space, and beyond in this fun and frenetic tribute to road workers of all kinds.
David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more thanseventy books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!, both written by Karen Beaumont, Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum, Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, and Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms. He lives in Ohio. Visit his website at www.catrow.com.
“Bouncy rhyming text, kinetic and colorful art, and a lively construction worker make for a peppy read with a tall-tale flair.” --Booklist “With its ceaseless rhythm, the story begs to be read aloud, making this a useful book for community helpers, city, and noise themes.” --School Library Journal “Construction equipment is always a popular topic for the preschool set, so a book about a jackhammer is sure to be a hit with this crowd.” --Horn Book “An endearing ode to an oft–grumbled-about profession.” --Kirkus Reviews