Goodnight, goodnight, construction site / Sherri Duskey Rinker ; [illustrated by] Tom Lichtenheld.
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- ISBN: 9780811877824
- Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
- Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 
- Copyright: ©2011
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.
|Target Audience Note:||
Suggested ages 4-8.
|Study Program Information Note:||
Accelerated Reader LG 3.8 0.5 148143
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|Subject:||Construction workers > Juvenile fiction.
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Publishers Weekly Review
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
A noisy construction site may be an unorthodox setting for a bedtime story, but newcomer Rinker and Lichtenheld (Shark vs. Train) tie together the dual themes neatly. Though more subdued than the trucks that drive Kate and Jim McMullan's I Stink! and I'm Dirty!, these anthropomorphized vehicles have a similar graphic feel and cheerful demeanor. After five machines are first pictured hard at work, they appear against a blazing sky: "The sun has set, the work is done;/ It's time for trucks to end their fun./ So one by one they'll go to bed/ To yawn and rest their sleepy heads,/ Then wake up to another day/ Of rough-and-tough construction play!" Each truck performs one final task before settling down to sleep, with gentle encouragement: "Shh... goodnight, Bulldozer, goodnight." Rinker's rhythmic verse reinforces the vehicles' love of their work (Dump Truck "moves the dirt/ from place to place,/ Then dumps it with a happy face") and, like Lichtenheld's art, deftly balances the story's boisterous and drowsy elements. Truck lovers will happily nod off to the strains of this read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (May) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
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K-Gr 1-After each truck completes its work for the day, it cuddles up and says goodnight. Crane Truck raises one last beam and then hugs his teddy and turns on his nightlight. Cement Mixer gives a final spin before snuggling with his blanket. Dump Truck delivers his last load, closes his eyes, and starts to snore. Bulldozer and Excavator follow suit until the entire construction site is tucked in tight. Lichtenheld's detailed and textured illustrations, rendered in wax oil pastels on vellum paper, perfectly complement the fun, rhyming text, cleverly personifying each truck with expressive eyes and amusing details. The bright, golden background changes to pinkish red as the Sun begins to set and then to dark blue when the Moon appears. The repeated refrain, "Shh. goodnight, Crane Truck [Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, Excavator], goodnight," will invite participation. Recommended for vehicle- and bedtime-themed storytimes, this is sure to be a hit with truck-loving preschoolers.-Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.