Let's Go to the Hardware Store

Anne Rockwell (Author) Melissa Iwai (Illustrator)


When the new house needs fixing up, it's off to the hardware store to find the tools and materials needed to get the job done--a hammer, a screwdriver, a shiny tape measure, and even a stepladder.

This family outing explores a familiar errand that fascinates plenty of young children: the hardware store. Anne Rockwell's perfectly pitched story and Melissa Iwai's child-friendly illustrations make this book ideal for the preschool audience.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date
March 22, 2016
9.2 X 0.4 X 10.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

ANNE ROCKWELL is a beloved name in books for preschoolers. She is the author of Big Wheels, My Preschool, At the Supermarket, and Little Shark and over 100 books for young readers.

Melissa Iwai has written and illustrated many books for children, including Soup Day and Toolbox Twins. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family


"Any young child could enjoy this attractive picture book, with its here-and-now text and its sunny artwork, created with acrylics, collage, and digital elements. But the book's most enthusiastic audience will be those preschoolers who study the illustrations to learn about hand tools in all their varied forms. A real find for young tool fans."-Booklist

"This is a book that will delight young children who like to help out with home projects or who are fascinated with tools and building. It is a wonderful introduction to simple tools and builds a sophisticated vocabulary for junior carpenters. A solid addition for picture book collections."--School Library Journal

"The artwork, done in a pastel-colored palette, is full of attractive little details, from the patterning on the tool displays to the labels on the window. . . Accessible for all, from the happy shopper to the tool-obsessed."-Kirkus Reviews

"Rockwell's 1979 classic gets a makeover with new illustrations and an updated story. . . . Its quiet clarity is sure to attract newcomers who appreciate the simpler pace of life it reflects." --Kirkus Reviews on At the Supermarket

"The brightly colored gouache illustrations on white backgrounds show the child helping to fill the cart and feature such items as produce and a container of ice cream alone on the page, making identification easy. This is a fun, educational read-aloud." --School Library Journal on At the Supermarket

"Iwai's writing debut beautifully depicts the loving relationship between a mother and daughter... Ordinariness made extraordinary." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Soup Day

"A perfect meal and a perfect book." --School Library Journal on Soup Day