Jakki Wood studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. A successful author/illustrator of children's books, she lives in West Malvern, Worcestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Hole in the Road, Animal Parade, Baby Parade, Noisy Parade and Number Parade; March of the Dinosaurs, Bumper to Bumper, Deep Blue Sea and Fiddle-I-Fee.
PreS-K-Wood's straightforward plot focuses on the use of construction equipment and work vehicles. A multicultural team goes about its business repairing a hole in the road while curious onlookers observe. Each spread includes two short sentences that reiterate what's happening in the full-color artwork. The illustrations establish a happy mood; they portray attentive children watching the workers complete their jobs. Wood incorporates great details into the art; dogs are tucked into pictures, and some of the spreads add their own visual subplots. Vehicles found within the book are replicated on the endpapers. This slight story is a worthy additional purchase where materials on construction are popular.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Boys in particular will love 'A Hole in the Road' because it illustrates as simply as possible, both in words and in pictures, how a hole in the road is filled and a new surface is created. They will love the drillers, diggers, truckers and workers, and marvel at the processes involved in what may, at first, seem such a simple undertaking. Early Years Educator This is a book designed to satisfy the cravings of the serious digger-lover. The pictures are clear and detailed, and the text gives a nice amount of information about the work the machines are doing. This is a book which enthusiasts will want to read over and over again. Carousel