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School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—The cute yellow construction vehicle from Bulldozer's Big Day is back on the job. He's easy to relate to, like the smallest child on the playground who's not allowed to join the game. The other members of his group—Cement Mixer, Crane, Digger, Dump Truck, Roller, Scraper, and Grader—call the shots. On this busy day at the site, Bulldozer is the only one who doesn't have a task. When he asks to help, he's sent to clear a small grassy area strewn with metal and bricks. There, he comes face-to-face with a project that even the toughest truck would quail at. This is a wonderful second "Bulldozer" collaboration from Fleming and Rohmann. VERDICT With dramatic and captivating block print illustrations, a well-told and engaging story, and an all-star cast of vehicular characters, this is a must-have for preschoolers starting a love affair with things with wheels.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/01/2017 The young hero from Bulldozer’s Big Day (2015) returns seeking meaningful work. The construction area bustles with activity (Cement Mixer stirs, Crane Truck lifts, and Digger Truck scoops), but Bulldozer can only watch until Crane assigns him a job clearing a small lot adjacent to the new building. He approaches his task with joyful enthusiasm, but when the big guys return, they’re upset that nothing has been done. Bulldozer reveals the reason—a box of baby kittens—so the softhearted construction vehicles give Bulldozer a new assignment: caring for the felines. Fleming’s vivid prose makes good use of action verbs and teems with onomatopoeic creations that help the story come alive for young listeners. Rohmann’s art employs reduction printing to good effect. Bold, black outlines and basic color choices for the vehicles will help young readers to discriminate the characters, and the use of distinctive facial expressions on the windshields both humanizes these machines and conveys their emotions. An appealing choice for motor-vehicle aficionados and fans of the earlier title. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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