GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE

Age Range: 2 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A group of construction vehicles put themselves to bed.

Rhyming couplets set the scene (“The sun has set, the work is done; / It’s time for trucks to end their fun”) and then describe their bedtime routines, truck by truck. The crane sets one last beam before settling in, a star-shaped nightlight suspended from his lowered mast and a teddy bear clutched in his stabilizing arms. The cement mixer is hosed down before giving into slumber beneath a much-too-small polka-dot blanket. The dump truck deposits one last load before conking out next to heaps of rubble. As depicted by Lichtenheld, the trucks all have googly windshield eyes and grins that more or less correspond to grilles. They look a lot like Disney Pixar’s Cars, but there are only so many ways to anthropomorphize a truck. He exerts his artistry in other ways; the dump truck’s snores, depicted as a rising stream of ever larger Z’s, float into the night, becoming part of the steel framework of the building under construction. Rinker’s verse does not always scan well, but it is rhythmic enough to carry readers along. It is a real shame that not a single one of these muscular vehicles is female; this employer is clearly not interested in equal opportunity.

Who cares? The equation of trucks + bedtime book = best-seller, even if it does set feminism back a few decades. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: May 4th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8118-7782-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for NAKED GREED
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for THE HEART OF BETRAYAL
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for STICK AND STONE
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER

ChildrenGOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
ChildrenSTEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN by Sherri Duskey Rinker
by Sherri Duskey Rinker

MORE BY TOM LICHTENHELD

ChildrenFRIENDSHAPE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
ChildrenSTICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
by Beth Ferry
ChildrenI WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenYELLOW COPTER by Kersten Hamilton
by Kersten Hamilton
ChildrenSUPERTRUCK by Stephen  Savage
by Stephen Savage
ChildrenGOODNIGHT, GOOD DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
by Mary Lyn Ray
ChildrenMACHINES AT WORK by Byron Barton
by Byron Barton