The Day I Had a Bulldozer

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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2024
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Description

A fun-filled friendship story about our favorite things that go…CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES!

Luke can’t believe his eyes when he looks from his window and sees a bulldozer outside…with his name on it! He feels like the luckiest boy in the world vrooming around with his best buddy, his dog Bobo. But the fun is only getting started when his friends ride in on a dump truck, steamroller, and excavator. Come join these kind hearted friends for an amazing day of construction adventure! 

A fun-filled friendship story about our favorite things that go…CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES!

Luke can’t believe his eyes when he looks from his window and sees a bulldozer outside…with his name on it! He...


A Note From the Publisher

Illustrated by Vaughan Duck

Editors: Jennifer Rees and Brooke Vitale

eBook: 9781960616029

Hardcover: 9781960616005

Illustrated by Vaughan Duck

Editors: Jennifer Rees and Brooke Vitale

eBook: 9781960616029

Hardcover: 9781960616005


Advance Praise

The Day I Had a Bulldozer

Ashley Wall

"Former teacher Wall debuts with a rip-roaring celebration of construction machinery. When young Luke is interrupted at breakfast by his dog’s excited barking, he’s shocked to discover a bulldozer parked on his front lawn, complete with his name plastered on the side. That discovery kickstarts the “best day ever,” especially when Luke meets up with his three close friends—Noah, Mikey, and Emma—who have each been gifted their own piece of heavy equipment to play in for the day. The four set off to revel in their fortunes—and, though they meet up with some difficulties along the way, their exuberance is contagious.

More than just a fun construction equipment soiree, Wall’s story digs into some valuable lessons too. Luke’s friends are a diverse group, pictured with varying skin tones and a barrier-breaking image of a girl operating an excavator, and their day is more fun when they’re able to work together. The new ice cream store needs an accessible road, and with Emma’s urging, the boys help out by clearing trees and rocks and dumping the debris. Even when Mikey accidentally flattens the swing set with his steamroller, Luke reacts with empathy: “It’s okay, you just have to keep practicing” he says.

Most entertaining are Duck’s bright illustrations, depicting the group in various stages of disarray while they learn how to master their equipment. Luke’s dog, Bobo, is a welcome companion throughout, shown riding alongside Luke in his bulldozer, reveling in the dirt pile Noah creates, and hiding from Mikey’s steamrolling mishaps. Wall includes some fun facts as well, to wow younger readers: dump trucks can hold about 28,000 pounds, new roads improve travel, and steamrollers pack a serious punch. Despite their challenges, the group successfully helps the new ice cream shop open for business, and the ending hints at more fun in the future for Luke and his friends.

Takeaway: Delightful celebration of construction machinery."

-BookLife

"The Day I Had a Bulldozer is a picture book with a delightful message. A young boy finds a bulldozer with his name written on it in front of his house. There's only one thing to do—hop aboard and head for his friend's house to show off his delightful new acquisition. There, he finds an even bigger surprise.

As a series of delightful experiences evolve against all odds, a widening cast of kids explore their world armed with new devices, all of which receive engaging illustration by Vaughan Duck as each child absorbs new facts and learns to navigate their changed environments without destroying everything around them during the learning process.

Ashley Wall creates an engagingly fantastic story about kids who adopt new skills and information, sharing their fun together and helping each other problem-solving the ironic, lively conundrums that evolve from trying new things.

In the end, what the kids build together is far more important than any singular effort could be, teaching young readers about the importance of friendship, cooperation, and sharing new experiences.

Elementary-level libraries and parents seeking picture books that embrace fun and arrive with a delightful underlying message will find The Day I Had a Bulldozer a thought-provoking, powerful celebration of new discoveries, new skills, and friends who support one another through the process of adventure, discovery, and growth."

-D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Wall’s picture book explores the possibilities of youngsters using construction equipment.

Young Luke is eating breakfast one morning when his dog begins to bark at something outside—a bulldozer with Luke’s name on it. After donning a helmet, the boy drives the vehicle to the home of his best friend, Noah, who’s driving a dump truck. The pair set about making a giant dirt pile until another friend, Mikey, rolls up in a steamroller. Mikey’s a bit clumsy with it, so the friends drive to a more spacious park. There, they find Emma, who’s driving a digger and making a path through debris to Mr. Popsicle’s ice cream shop. Some readers may wonder why the shop is open without any way for customers to approach it, but this is beside the point. The book’s clear lesson is that people should always use their gifts to help others. And at another point, Luke remembers his responsibility to get home for dinner on time. The text also includes numerous facts about construction equipment, as when and Noah tells Luke how much dirt a dump truck can hold. However, the side plot about the dirt pile seems extraneous. Duck’s colorful, well-executed cartoon illustrations feature foregrounds that are detailed and clear with sparser backgrounds.

A message-driven tale that will appeal most to young construction-vehicle enthusiasts. Our Verdict: Get it!"

-Kirkus

The Day I Had a Bulldozer

Ashley Wall

"Former teacher Wall debuts with a rip-roaring celebration of construction machinery. When young Luke is interrupted at breakfast by his dog’s excited barking...


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This book was adorable! It was great to see how the children worked together to accomplish little tasks. The dog popping up throughout the story would keep my toddler entertained. I'm sure he could imagine this happening with his friends. The illustration was great! Overall, would recommend to parents with children interested in construction vehicles!

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Vibrant illustrations and action packed story. Littles loved imaging themselves also using the vehicles!

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Searching for a great read for your little one who loves construction vehicles? Look no further! This is the perfect children’s book that follows a fun truck filled adventure. The illustrations are wonderful and eye catching and the story is well written. I’d definitely recommend this one!

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This was really cute and fun! It will be so much fun for a read aloud as well! Lots of excitement in the language/words,

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I love this book! It is adorable! The adventure that Luke had on the bulldozer is a great story and one that should be on every bookshelf!

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This book is absolutely adorable. It’s very informative and the illustrations are so beautiful. My students will learn from this book and enjoy this book at the same time!

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Well that was ADORABLE!
This was a precious story of cooperation, growing and learning new things (and sometimes making mistakes along the way), friendship, and ice cream :)
I love the use of age appropriate language, the beautiful art work, and the diversity of the characters.
Very cute, highly recommend!

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Luke and his friends show how vivid imagination is within children. He’s eager to show his friends that he has a bulldozer, but is surprised when his friends also have construction vehicles. Luke and his friends encourage each other and team up to complete a task. This book was such a sweet read.

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My son loved this books, he loved all the vehicles involved in the story. He thought it was hilarious that Mikey kept flattening things.
Such a sweet story involving children getting their own construction vehicles and having a little adventure with them. It is illustrated really well, they grab children's attention.

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This is a cute story about a little boy, who gets a bulldozer. Then his friends have other construction vehicles. The illustrations are very adorable. I recommend this book.

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My little who is obsessed with trucks LOVED this one! The art style is so cute and he loved all the different types of trucks! He laughed a few times and loved the hint of the Dino at the end! We will be reading this one again!

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What an adorable children book! I had read almost every book having to deal with construction vehicles and this one is high up on the list. My 5 year old absolutely loved it and was engaged throughout the whole book. I know we will be reading it again! I loved that the book was inclusive, fun and unique!

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Too cute! These kids all wake up one day and have their own heavy machinery. They work together to make things better, like making a road to the ice cream shop. This was such a great tribute to imagination, play and cooperation.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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Such a cute sweet read!
Toddler friendly and engaging for preschoolers as well.
A book for all construction vehicle loving children.

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