Melbourne Dad and Concreter turned children’s book author and rapper

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Melbourne kids delight when this local tradie dons his kit and reads Carlos The Concrete Truck 

Kids across Melbourne delight when Concreter, Anton Bialylew, dons his gum boots and reads his children’s book ‘Carlos the Concrete Truck’ to them.

Carlos the Concrete Truck is excited by the idea of working with the big trucks and joining them on their adventures, but everyone tells him he’s just too small. More than anything Carlos wants to fit in, and although he’s smaller than the others his attitude and determination are big! Will he achieve his dreams?

Many children can relate to feeling different, and this book is a reminder that we are all unique, despite our differences. 

RRP $16 AUD 

Available on Amazon: Carlos the Concrete Truck

Anton says: “I like making people smile and being a catalyst for positive change in their lives. My hope for young kids reading Carlos the Concrete Truck, is that it builds their confidence and sends the message that even if you feel different – you are worthwhile and you will in time find your unique skills and strengths.

The story of Carlos evolved from my passion for my concreting business. The ideas and illustrations in the book reflect the challenges and hard work that this trade demands. It’s not only tough physically but it’s also very unforgiving – no second chances when pouring concrete! I’ve always been a creative person who loves working with my hands and pushing my physical abilities to the limit. I also find that concreting can be a very creative and meditational experience if undertaken with the presence of mind.  

It always puts a smile on Anton’s face when children stop their parents to watch the big concrete trucks roll in and spin and splutter concrete out. They sense the excitement in the air and the fast pace of the work. Anton finds that when kids are watching, it brings out the natural entertainer in him and he loves their sense of awe.”

This book was written in honour of Anton’s firstborn daughter, who is now 7 months old… 

Another of Anton’s passions is recording and performing Hip Hop Music. He has performed live and written three rap songs about concrete, which were seen by hundreds of thousands on social media. 

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