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Illustrated by Robert Neubecker.
Ages 4-8. Dutton Children's Books, July 2007.

The Story: The true account, filled with fun facts, of what it takes to get to the tippy-top of a very famous building to replace what may be the world's most important light bulb.

Every kid loves to go with his or her parents to work, no matter what they do for a living. But imagine how cool it would be if your dad was responsible for changing the lightbulbs at the tippy-top of the Empire State Building! Readers will be amazed by the little-known details this book provides about one of the most recognizable buildings in the world (how does a person get all the way up there, anyway?). At the same time, they will relate to one girl’s pride when she brags to her classmates about her dad’s very high position.

The inspiration: I read a story in the newspaper about a man who does this exact job. I couldn't believe it was true, and I couldn't resist letting the idea take root in my imagination.


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