Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)

by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author) Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

The #1 New York Times bestselling children's book

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 rest--so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this construction book for kids will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

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Starred Review
A standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams.

Hornbook Guide to Children

Truck-loving kids will respond to this take on settling down to sleep.

Publishers Weekly

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 McMullans 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;/ Its time for trucks to end their fun./ So one by one theyll 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. Rinkers 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 Lichtenhelds art, deftly balances the storys boisterous and drowsy elements. Truck lovers will happily nod off to the strains of this read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (May)

Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

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

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"If your little reader is mad for trucks, you must get this gem of a book!"
Sherri Duskey Rinker
Sherri Duskey Rinker is the number one best-selling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train.

John Rocco? is the number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, includingBlizzard, and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
May 20, 2011
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV041030 - Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Construction equipment
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2012 - 2012
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2012 - 2012
E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Finalist 2012 - 2012
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
Nominee 2013 - 2013

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