Personified vehicles merrily perform their daily functions in this rhyming bedtime tale.
It’s morning, and Truck is already hard at work. A bevy of crowd-pleasing vehicles follows suit, as Digger, Boat, Tractor, and Rocket happily dig, sail, plow, and fly. But as the sun sets, all head to their respective beds for a good night’s sleep. Simple, perky rhymes keep the momentum moving in this familiar rhyming tale. An energetic “Hello” greets each vehicle, and then a warm “Good night” sends each to bed, until even the boy who loves them is tucked in tight. Straightforward illustrations done in a bright, primary pastel palette are accessible. There is an attempt to create earthy textures and interesting angles using the digital medium, and McKenzie’s artwork emulates a style that uses shape and pattern to create playful imagery. Confusion may occur over the different points of view the author incorporates (second-person singular mixes with first-person singular and plural); and unfortunately, the pictures may further confuse rather than clarify this aspect of the text.
It’s certainly cheery, but it may be lost on the already overflowing vehicle bedtime shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)