Get ready for a bit of chaos in this urban counting book that starts with "one hole in the road" and ends up with "ten workers in a flurry, hurrying, scurrying, trying to fix" - what else? - "one hole in the road." A dynamic text for the preschool/kindergarten crowd paired with the deightfully colorful "art deco" illustrations of master draftsman Dan Yaccarino. This is one of Henry Holt's Bill Martin, Jr. sponsored books (which means it's got to be special—and it is!).
On the jacket of this vigorous counting book, and on the safety barricades painted inside, diagonal yellow-and-black stripes signal that men and women are working. The titular "one hole in the road" is a lollapalooza, requiring no fewer than "Four stoplights flashing,/ Five sirens blaring,/ Six worried engineers huddling nearby." Construction crews carrying shovels and wrenches rush to stop "eight water pipes gushing" and "nine storefronts flooding, Oh, my!" With just a few choice words, Nikola-Lisa (Bein' with You This Way) enables readers to imagine the clattering noise and busy site. Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot) focuses on the eye-catching hues of a red, gold and green stoplight or a pumpkin-orange jumpsuit; his natural-beige background and stripped-down, blocky people, cars and buildings resemble the stencil-like style of Michael Bartalos's Shadowville. Although text and images are orderly and direct, they nonetheless convey a disorderly city scene, full of punchy color and determined workers leaping to and fro. Ages 4-7. Publishers Weekly
A counting book with a minimal, singsong text?"One hole in the road, Two flagmen waving, Three sturdy barricades warning passersby" that traces city workers' attempts to repair a hole in the road. The illustrations are done in a simple cartoon style with subdued colors on acid-free paper. Multicultural workers of both sexes scurry throughout the pages with their wrenches and shovels in hand, to no avail. At the end, 10 of them look down into a hole that's just as big as it was before. The layout is spacious and each double-page spread is well balanced in its design. The orange-and-black stripes of the barricades decorate the back cover, a nice touch. Sure to be popular with toddlers. School Library Journal