Bedtime for Builders:; Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Rinker
DOWN IN THE BIG CONSTRUCTION SITE
THE TOUGH TRUCKS WORK WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT.
THE SUN HAS SET, THE WORK IS DONE.
IT'S TIME FOR TRUCKS TO END THEIR FUN.
Crane hoists a last I-beam, Cement Mixer spreads his final load, and Dump Truck deposits his last run of rip rap, as twilight falls over the construction site. Even heavy equipment goes off duty at night, and these rough and tough big boys must finally head for their nocturnal parking places as the crescent moon rises over their site, nestling itself cozily in the basket of the power shovel in a moment of lunar laziness.
Sherry Rinker's and Tom Lichtenheld's best-selling new Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (Chronicle Books, 2011) is just the lullaby needed for those kids who toddle off to their trundle beds with a toy bulldozer instead of a teddy for a bed buddy. With Rinker's sweet and simple rhyming text and Lichtenheld's irresistible anthropomorphizing big builders, this one is sure to become a bedtime classic, fun to read aloud and great to have read to you, a story which salutes the excitement of BIG machines and still manages to put in a plug for snooze time. Make this one the nightcap that follows Kate and Jim McMullan's I'm Dirty! or any of the Jon Scieszka's Trucktown series to use to send young gearheads rolling off to a power bedtime.
This little book really revved up the reviewers' engines. Here are a few of them cranking up rhapsodies of prose for this one: "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. ...Recommended for vehicle- and bedtime-themed storytimes, this is sure to be a hit with truck-loving preschoolers." -(School Library Journal, starred review);" "A delightful debut." says The New York Times ; and not to be knocked out of the praise race, Booklist adds, " A standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams."
Watch the book's brief and breezy trailer here, and you'll see why kids will really DIG this book.