Three Cheers for Kid McGear! (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)

by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author) Ag Ford (Illustrator)

Three Cheers for Kid McGear! (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site)

From the New York Times bestselling author that brought you Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site comes a heartwarming and inspiring tale featuring the first female character to join the core construction crew! She might be small, but she's got it all--she's Kid McGear, Skid Steer!

Kid McGear is the newest truck to join the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site crew and she's eager to help with even the roughest and toughest construction work. But when a steep cliff puts the other trucks in danger, can the new Kid on the site prove she's big enough for even this big, big job?

  • Features playful rhyming text throughout that pairs perfectly with the captivating illustrations to tell a complete and powerful story
  • A thrilling tale of teamwork shows the BIG potential in the littlest readers and is a must-have read-aloud for construction fans both big and small
  • Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers. AG Ford, a recipient of the NAACP Image Award, has illustrated many award-winning books for children, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Construction Site on Christmas Night A timeless tale of perseverance and overcoming obstacles that will resonate with readers and listeners of all ages.
  • Great read-aloud book for classroom and families- Books for kids ages 3-5- Children's books for early elementary school students
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Kirkus Reviews

Look out, look out, construction site. There’s a new kid in town ... Expect series fans to give three beeps for joy. 

Publishers Weekly

A peppy little skid steer called Kid McGear joins the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site creators' crew, but while their welcome is cordial, the five trucks underestimate Kid's size and strength. Crane Truck says, "You don't look quite strong enough/ to jump in here and do your share.../ maybe... just stay over there?" Kid doesn't stew or pout--readers will get a strong sense that she knows her worth--and when Bulldozer and Excavator become trapped at the bottom of a steep hill, she's first on the scene, engineering a solution and directing the collaborative rescue effort, all while making the most of her nimbleness and compact size. With Bulldozer and Excavator safely extracted, the construction crew now numbers six--"each one greater than they seem, / because they're working as a team." The rescue effort can be difficult to follow, but fans of power drivers and grapple hooks will be delighted by this adventure, and readers of the previous books will find lots of reassuring familiarity, from the radiant orange and yellow palette to the trucks' expressive faces. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--A skid steer named Kid McGear introduces herself to a group of construction vehicles. She is eager to learn and offers to help them. At first, the vehicles don't think she is strong enough to lend a hand clearing the construction yard. Kid McGear hears a yelp and notices an excavator in big trouble. The perspective of the book's illustrations changes throughout the narrative, shifting between landscapes, aerial views, and close-ups among others. This feature of the narrative gives it the feeling of constant movement. The book's construction site characters have vehicle parts which are slightly morphed to give them an animated and lively quality. They also have cheerful and interesting facial expressions. Secondary and neutral colors are consistently used to give the book an earthy look and feel. There is a consistent use of browns and oranges, which work to direct readers' focus to the construction site. Rinker's text has a fun rhyming style throughout and its placement on the page directs readers to move their eyes and follow the action. VERDICT This book encourages children to embrace teamwork, help others, and develop unique friendships. Construction fans will welcome this new kid on the block.--Deanna Smith, Pender County Public Library, NC

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Sherri Duskey Rinker
Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Steam Train, Dream Train; Mighty, Mighty Construction Site; and Construction Site on Christmas Night. Her newest bestsellers in the Construction Site series include Construction Site Mission: Demolition! and Three Cheers for Kid McGear! Sherri lives with her husband and two sons in Illinois, and she invites you to visit her online at

Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, and the creator of William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad, among others. Don lives with his wife and son in Austin, Texas, and he invites you to visit him online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
September 24, 2019
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV041030 - Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Construction equipment

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