Construction Site on Christmas Night (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)

by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author) A G Ford (Illustrator)

Construction Site on Christmas Night (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)
Created for lovers of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, as well as fans of Sherri Duskey Rinker's storytelling and AG Ford's art, this beautiful holiday picture book shows Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck and Cement Mixer building a new home for fire engines. As they finish their big, important job, they get their own Christmas surprises. Your kids will have fun discovering the special surprise awaiting each vehicle as much as they will love rhyming along with the story. This cute book is sure to be a classic! 
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Kirkus Reviews

A lovely book that ties the Christmas message of friendship and generosity to the satisfaction of a job well-done.

Publishers Weekly

Christmas has arrived at the construction site, and the trucks are finishing up their hard work building a special house. As night comes and snow falls, each truck receives a special gift. Writing in upbeat couplets, Rinker describes each truck's duties. "Cement Mixer has concrete to pour: / he lays the foundation, walls, and floor." By introducing the trucks individually, Rinker allows the excitement of each finding their gifts to resonate every time. Finally, their work is done, and fire trucks roll into "a new home, built just right." Ford's oil crayon renderings of the trucks are gently expressive. Truck lovers will gladly welcome the friendly rigs for Christmas. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Rinker is back with her construction vehicles prepping for the holidays. The rhyming text follows how the machines work hard to construct a "special house" that must be ready for Christmas Eve. Each machine is allotted three or four pages to describe their work, before being given a gift (Bulldozer gets a new carbon steel blade), and then bidden Merry Christmas and Goodnight. Once Crane finishes the job by topping the construction with a star, new fire trucks and rescue vehicles roll in, and readers realize what has been built: a new fire station. As usual, these happy trucks are anthropomorphized just enough to appeal to kids. The neocolor wax oil crayon illustrations offer bright colors and scenes that are engaging without being overwhelming, ending with peaceful, snowy scenes. Although this is a bit lengthy for toddler audiences, children will love shouting out the names of the vehicles and the parts they are gifted, as well as guessing what they're creating. VERDICT Rinker's popularity makes this holiday title a first purchase for all public libraries. It's perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.--Liz Anderson, DC Public Library

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Review quotes

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
October 20, 2018
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV041030 - Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Christmas stories
Construction equipment

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