"The backyard looks somebody opened up a toolbox and spread the contents hither and thither. There’s work to be done, and the tools themselves are just the can-do objects for the job—every one of them has a ready smile and eager eyes. After treating readers to a smattering of tool puns (“Vise, we’re all scattered. What should we do?” “My advice, Let’s get a grip on things.”), Meshon (Take Me Out to the Yakyu) puts his cheery toylike crew to work building a tool shed. The bright cartoon spreads are filled with an epic cast of very cute characters, but by using arrows emblazoned with text to emphasize key actions (“Saw saws Wood”), Meshon makes the project easy to follow. With plenty of deeply satisfying onomatopoeia (“Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!” is the sound of the saw) and tool jokes (What sound does a nail make when it’s being hammered in? “Ok! Ouch! Ok! Ok! Ouch!”), the story should be deemed a job well done by preschool or kindergarten DIYers. Ages 4–8."
"Are there any tots who don’t like to play with toy tools?
Most likely not, and this appealing and inventive story features animated tool characters, each with its own individual traits. T Square rounds up a crew of tools to clean up a messy yard and build a tool shed. T Square and Pencil draft plans; Wheelbarrow gathers materials; Saw saws Wood; Drill drills Screws; Level inspects; Glue glues on Roof Tiles, etc. Together, they work hard, and when the project is finished, they go to sleep in an organized toolshed feeling satisfied. The colored digital illustrations are imaginative (each tool has eyes, and some have legs), with sound effects offering opportunities for participation: “Brush brushes Paint. SWISH! SWASH! SLOP!” Mild puns add to the fun, as when T Square holds the flashlight to illuminate the darkened outbuilding and says, “Let me shed some light on things!” Diagrammatic arrows with large letters nail down the interchange among the tools and cleverly enforce the concept of working together. Meshon’s animated style in this story could easily be turned into a short film cartoon.
Buy it along with a wooden tool set as a gift for an enterprising young carpenter. (Picture book. 4-8)"