"unusual, highly imaginative book...A book whose information is balanced by its beauty." Booklist, ALA
Handsomely illustrated with cut-paper art by Wisniewski (The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups, 1998, etc.), this homage to tools from Clements (Frindle, 1996, etc.) conveys a sense of their beauty and mystery. The making of an old-fashioned carousel is the never-mentioned, ever-present event as a baker's dozen of toolsruler, saw, grinder, screwdriver, wrench, etc.and the toolbox are introduced in a few lines each, one to each spread. The clipped text evokes not just the attributes of the toolthat the wrench wrestles with its work, that the axe finds the board that hides in the logbut a hint, if fanciful, of their character: drills are patient, rulers know, knives are edgy, the toolbox remembers. The text is occasionally staccato (``Toolbox carries tools home. Workshop is home'') but mostly has a good poetic pulse. The illustrations are pure entertainment, slowly revealing that the workmen and apprentice are using their fine old tools to put together a turn-of-the-century carousel.
"Balance, the center of any craft or spiritual practice, is the soul of this concise and beautifully designed book." Publishers Weekly, Starred