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Harper Collins, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
It begins with an empty city lot and ends with a gleaming new building. But what happens in between? With his trademark sketch pad, watercolors, and sharp eye for atmosphere and detail, Elisha Cooper takes note of what goes on at a construction site -- from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. And curious young builders will relish his funny observations and unfailing scrutiny. There are backhoes that look like messy eaters, and lots of hammering that sounds like do-re-mi. Come see (and hear) the building -- it's going up now!

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User Review  - emleonard - LibraryThing

Great book to read to children if discussing buildings. "Buildings" describes step by step instructions on what contractors go through in order to build a building. Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

Cooper (Ballpark, 1998, etc.) once again takes a familiar sight and infuses it with a squiggly magic as he ebulliently illustrates how a vacant lot is transformed by construction. The architect comes ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Elisha Cooper is the award-winning author of Farm, Beach, Magic Thinks Big, and Dance!, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, as well as other acclaimed titles. His books for adults include the memoir Crawling: A Father's First Year.

Elisha Cooper lives with his family in New York City. He has loved some great dogs in his life.

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