Look out, look out, construction site. There’s a new kid in town.
The latest entry in the Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site series sees the five core construction vehicles working as hard as ever. When a peppy skid steer is delivered on-site, she’s not quite like the others. Small, energetic, and ready to learn, the little loader is pooh-poohed by our heroes. However, when an accident occurs and traps the excavator and the bulldozer, guess who’s quick and able to change to meet every new situation? Using wit and grit (literally), the newest member of the team is able to figure out how to save the two machines, obliterating every obstacle in her path. Child fans of the series may appreciate the combination of construction tools with a good old-fashioned rescue attempt. Their caregivers may appreciate the presence of a heroic vehicle that is identified as female. While Rinker’s text occasionally strains the tensile strength of her rhyme schemes (“With a scoop on her front end, / she gives a turn, a twist, a bend”), Ford’s stylings blend seamlessly with previous illustrator Tom Lichtenheld’s creations.
Expect series fans to give three beeps for joy. (Picture book. 3-6)