Saturday, November 10, 2018

What Can You Do With A Toolbox? by Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

This Group Seems Ready For Show-And-Tell



Authors Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are known as The Cousins. They both have loved design and constructions for many years, which has no doubt been a big factor in their hit shows on HGTV.

In this book, the men start out by introducing some children to safety equipment and the need to have adult supervision when using tools. The kids are then shown various tools including a wrench, bolts, a shovel, a screwdriver, a tape measure, a level, a hammer and nails, a saw, a drill, ladder, and paintbrushes as they are being used.

The final spread shows what the men were building.


My Thoughts


What Concerned Me: Perhaps these things will be trivial to some, but first, I was concerned that the title of the book doesn't really correlate with many of the things that the men were showing the children: ladder, paintbrushes, a level, etc. 

Secondly, the descriptions weren't much:
"This is a wrench. We use a wrench to turn a nut." 
The illustration shows a man holding a wrench over a nut on a swing set while a child is swinging.


"We use a wrench and nuts and bolts to assemble the swing set."
So what's a bolt? Nothing shows or explains that.

While there is a squirrel holding a screwdriver the text is:
"This is a screwdriver. A screwdriver turns a screw to fasten the cargo net."
We see kids climbing on the net, but no explanation where the screw is or how the screwdriver really works.

We see a man holding a drill but the reading really doesn't show how it works or where it has been used.

There are other explanations of tools that feel close to correct, but not clear either. While I was prepared to really like this book, it didn't completely work for me.



What I Liked Most: I really like the idea of learning about tools and the fact that safety was addressed.
Authors: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri
3 STARS
Illustrator: Maple Lam
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers/Paula Wiseman Books (August 2018)
Approx. Word Count: 267
Ages: 4 - 8
Pages: 32



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