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!).
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. Ages 4-7. —Publishers Weekly
One Hole in the Road traces city workers' attempts to repair a hole in the road. Multicultural workers of both sexes scurry throughout the pages with their wrenches and shovels in hand, to no avail. At the end, ten 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