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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
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Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2011
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to restso they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.
Can't get enough of these tough trucks? The long-awaited sequel Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site is now available for preorder!
"If your little reader is mad for trucks, you must get this gem of a book!" -SweetOnBooks.com
"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." - Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for sleepers who are more fascinated by the motorized and muddy than by the soft and fluffy. A certain subset of parents and grandparents will see this book and shout, "At last!" - Chicago Tribune
"Gentle rhymes and soft-colored pictures of favorite trucks are the perfect way to lull any child into sweet dreams." - Bookmarkable blog,
"For all those youngsters who feel coziest with a cement mixer jammed into an armpit and a dump truck wedged at their feet, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site might be the best bedtime book ever." - Hampton Roads
"An ideal bedtime book for all those truck-loving toddlers and preschoolers! ...If there's a truck fan in your family, this is a great pick... Drive it to the top of your pile of story time truck reads as well." - Waking Brain Cells blog
"A great read-aloud story as you are settling your child in for the night." -About.com
"A delightful debut." - The New York Times
" Truck-loving kids will respond to this take on settling down to sleep. " - The Horn Book Guide
"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
"This book is a treasure." -Testy Yet Trying blog
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Located in: Chicago, IL
Submitted: December 18, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. Sherri has returned to her childhood passion of writing poetry to indulge her own children's passions. A graphic designer, she lives in Chicago with her photographer husband, a cockapoo named Quincy, several fish, a few hermit crabs, an ever-changing array of insects in jars, toys in every corner, and two energetic and inquisitive young boys: one fascinated by bugs and magic and another obsessed with trucks and trains. She's constantly inspired and often exhausted. She created GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE in hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all.
What was your motivation behind this project? Love is the motivation for all things. I created this book out of love, inspired by a child that I love. I greatly hope that you will enjoy reading it with a child that you love.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? For me, certain picture books conjure fond memories of my childhood. Sometimes they remind me of the delight or comfort they brought. Sometimes my memories are of the special people that read them to me. My hope of hopes is that the book I've written will become a treasured memory of childhood for some child, somewhere.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My faith has deepened through this process. I hold no illusions that any of my successes are my own. The inspiration for my writing (my children), the idea and motivation to put the book together, the courage to submit my concept: all glory belongs to Him.