A noteworthy review of Big Machines at Work from Booklist on April 1, 2014
There’s no doubt that children will be drawn to this attractive book because of their fascination with tractors, though they might come away with a few questions. Part of the Big Machines at Work series, this features farm and lawn tractors but also muddies the water by inserting three spreads about track-type tractors, such as bulldozers and diggers (which appear in their own books in the series). Each of the four sections of the book poses a question, with the answer found on a two-page spread featuring a photograph (blazingly bright and very attractive) of a tractor, as well as basic overview information. However, by closing the section with a broad statement such as, ‘But tractors do other jobs, too,’ it lacks a sense of completeness. At the end of the day, though, this will get kids opening books and gushing appropriately.
—J. B. Petty