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Work, Dogs, Work: A Highway Tail

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Dogged crew cheerily shows how roads and bridges are built.

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WORK, DOGS, WORK: A HIGHWAY TAIL follows in the paw prints of two earlier books in this cheerful, informative series by James Horvath. Foreman Duke and his team of dogs -- along with Jinx the cat, who can be found in every spread -- show children how a road is made. The work crew handles setbacks with ingenuity, adapting to an unexpectedly muddy route by blasting a tunnel through rock with a terrific "kaboom!" and then building a cable suspension bridge.

Rhyming text, humorous details, and crisp, bright artwork add to the fun. Horvath even works in a clever nod to P.D. Eastman's classic Go, Dog. Go! -- an obvious inspiration -- with a two-page spread of a dog directing canine drivers to stop, then go.

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