Skyscraper

Illustrated by Jorey Hurley
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About The Book

“Hurley’s book is as sleek and modern as its subject.” –Booklist
“Kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale construction.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A sophisticated vehicle primer with detailed construction vocabulary.” —Publishers Weekly


Acclaimed picture book creator Jorey Hurley whose work has been called “stunning” and “dramatic” tells the story perfect for the youngest reader of all the different and mighty trucks it takes to build a city skyscraper!

What once was a vacant lot, watch as truck by truck, a towering skyscraper is built in this beautifully illustrated picture book about trucks and construction. This beautiful picture book includes a glossary of fourteen truck images and their names.

About The Author
Photo credit: Lincoln Else

Jorey Hurley studied art history at Princeton, received her law degree at Stanford, and studied design at FIT. She worked as a textile designer for Hable Construction in New York City and is now based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Nest, her debut, was called “stunning” in a starred review from School Library JournalFetch, her second book, was called a “delight” by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. She is also the author of Every Color Soup and Skyscraper. Visit her at JoreyHurley.com.

About The Illustrator
Photo credit: Lincoln Else

Jorey Hurley studied art history at Princeton, received her law degree at Stanford, and studied design at FIT. She worked as a textile designer for Hable Construction in New York City and is now based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Nest, her debut, was called “stunning” in a starred review from School Library JournalFetch, her second book, was called a “delight” by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. She is also the author of Every Color Soup and Skyscraper. Visit her at JoreyHurley.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (January 2019)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481470018
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 3 - 7

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Raves and Reviews

Follow along as machines construct a skyscraper, from the ground all the way up, up, up! In her punchy trademark one-verb-per-page style, Hurley starts off with a demolition followed by the numerous steps of building an enormous new skyscraper. Watch the excavator "dig" the foundation, the flatbed truck "haul" the beams for a crane to "raise," and more, all the way through to the finishing touches of windows and paving. Near the last page, a change from landscape to portrait orientation finally treats readers to a complete view of the towering finished product. Occasionally, scale is difficult to ascertain in the illustrations, making it hard to perceive the building's upward progression, though changing seasons nicely underscore that completing a project this large is a lengthy process. On each page, a new construction vehicle lumbers in, ranging from the familiar (bulldozer) to the lesser known (pile driver). The closing glossary identifying the equipment and its function will help readers connect the verbs to the machines' tasks. The flat, digitally rendered construction vehicles, depicted in comparatively bright primary colors, stand out distinctively against the matte, mostly gray background, though the imposing vehicles feel more static than dynamic. The big machines may initially draw readers, but kids will leave with a solid foundation about the immensity of large-scale construction. (Informational picture book. 3-6) -- Kirkus

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– Kirkus, 10/15/18

Hurley's book is as sleek and modern as its subject, with minimal words, sparse but emphatic illustrations, and colors that reflect building materials (lots of variations of grays, with some reds on each page to brighten the scene). The end pages, peppered with construction barriers, set the scene, while the title page offers the last complete image of the building that is then demolished on the following pages. On each double-page spread, one word describes the action, while an illustration demonstrates each machine doing its specialized job. Crush goes the demolition excavator on the first spread, knocking down bricks with its clawed arm. Skyscraper proclaims a spread near the end, which needs to be rotated vertically for viewers to appreciate the full effect of this new, tall building. The concepts are simple and singularly focused, though back matter names each machine pictured and the job it performs. Pair with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011) for another visit to these powerful machines, this time in a differing role. — Booklist

– Booklist, Nov 15, 2018

In her spare graphic style, Hurley shows how construction machines work together, on the ground and up high, to build a skyscraper. Single action words describe their roles: a demolition excavator’s job is to “crush,” a dump truck’s job is to “dump,” and a semi truck’s role is to “haul.” Above the street, cranes raise and lower materials and a construction worker stands in a green cherry picker to “place.” Final spreads show the completed skyscraper, a worker washing its high windows, and the skyline of the “city” under full moon. End pages include an illustrated key to the machines with corresponding descriptions: “a luffing-jib crane has a very short counter jib, which allows it to rotate within a narrow radius.” A sophisticated vehicle primer with detailed construction vocabulary. --Publishers Weekly

– Publishers Weekly, November 26, 2018

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