The crane is king in this whimsical rhyming picture book as he moves from picking up conventional heavy duty vehicles like trucks, trains and planes to cuckoo clocks, boxes of underwear and a mummy’s case! The delightful poetry rocks us through the story–“How about poles and pipes and bricks? To a crane it’s a game of pick-up sticks.” From big to small jobs, cranes can elevate the merry go round or lift the ticket booth at the County Fair. As a language therapist I love how the illustrator has animated all the objects with a smile, from the crane to a planet, pyramid and submarine. Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich has expanded on a hot topic for little boys, and brought in most anything you can lift to enrich the experience and vocabulary for kids.

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