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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (edition 2011)

by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

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Title:Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Authors:Sherri Duskey Rinker
Other authors:Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
Info:Chronicle Books (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Children's Literature, Preschool, construction, Informational Text

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker



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Was one of our son's favorite bedtime stories when he was about 4/ or 5 years-old. The book has some great illustrations of different construction vehicles. The book tells about the function of the construction vehicles and has them going to sleep after a hard day of work.
  shane54 | Feb 18, 2015 |
This children's book is about a construction site and all of the hard working trucks getting ready to say goodnight. One by one they finish their work and lie down to rest.

This is such an adorable bedtime story for children. The rhyming words and illustrations in the book make this book so much fun to read and keep your attention throughout the story. The rhyming can also help children who are learning to read as they go through the story. ( )
  mnorth2 | Dec 9, 2014 |
This is a great bedtime story for young children who are having a tough time falling asleep. Moreover, the repetitive scheme of the text lulls children into a very calm space, and helps them fall asleep. Lastly, I have used this book many times to put younger cousins to bed and it is very helpful. ( )
  kberryman44 | Dec 6, 2014 |
Wonderfully told bedtime story. Lots of rhyming and perfect for a child who is interested in construction vehicles. My kindergartener has loved this for years and now that he is learning to rhyme and read he has a new perspective on an "old" classic at bedtime.
  lolhscybrarian | Nov 30, 2014 |
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

Summary: Goodnight Goodnight Construstion Site is a book about five individual construction trucks with their own task and their own methods of falling asleep. They work happily with each other and they work hard. They realize they need a good night rest so they are able to “work & play” another day.

Personal Reaction: I enjoyed the flow of this book very much. The rhymes were without fault which made this book very good to read aloud. Every character had its own assignments and abilities while working on the same project. They also have their own ways of going to sleep. The illustrations were beautifully done as well.

Classroom Activates: 1) In the classroom we could set up an assembly line where each child has a different color crayon and have each individual color in a small portion of a bulldozer coloring book printout. 2) We can have a discussion on what methods each kid using to help them fall asleep.
  copeland86 | Jul 19, 2014 |
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For me, the powerful aspect to this book is the rhyming aspect. It seems children appreciate the rhythmic quality and certainly research shows this approach can be powerful for early development. As the book's title gives away, this book is about a construction site being put to bed. The author gives a sort of human quality to the construction site machinery. One thing I might do with this one is not put a gender to the machines. I found myself taking the word "him" out when I read it to children so not to assume machinery would have to have a macho quality.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0811877825, Hardcover)

Amazon.com Exclusive Essay: From the Slush Pile to #1: Realizing My Vision. Or Not.
First-time author Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site steadily climbed up the New York Times' Bestseller list throughout 2011, reaching #1 on January 29th, 2012. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a career in design, and how another artist brought her vision to life.

I grew up loving picture books.

I can still hear my grandmother's voice over the sound of the pages turning, the old wind-up Westclox alarm clock ticking away and the sound of traffic rolling down Howard Street. I remember the smell of books mingling with the smell of freshly laundered sheets.

Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House was my favorite, and I obsessed over the whimsically sweet illustrations of that little pink house happily sitting upon a hill covered in daisies.

Inspired, I wanted to be an artist. I also wanted to be a poet, an art teacher, and a journalist. The ping-pong ball of art vs. words ended with a career as a graphic designer. It was a perfect fit: I took pictures and words and put them together in a pretty way.

I met an artist, a photographer. He also had grown up with Virginia Burton: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. It was a sign. So I married him. We had two boys and two good excuses for buying dozens (and dozens) of picture books.

Inspired by my youngest son's tireless (literally!) obsession with trucks, I wrote Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site in stolen moments during the workday and late at night, after the boys were tucked in. And with the words emerged a vision (dare I say "obsession") for how the book and my trucks would look.

I could see it so clearly: realistic illustrations of trucks superimposed with facial expressions to convey the mood and create the characters. Strong, yet simple graphic elements to create the setting. A bit of realism. A bit of collage. A bit of a grunge to compliment the dirty work of the trucks. I included the concept illustration with my manuscript and sent it, unsolicited, to Chronicle Books.

When my editor contacted me, three months after I'd sent the manuscript, she was friendly, but also to-the-point: They loved the manuscript (!), and hated (though she used a nicer word) the illustration concept.


One of the reasons that Chronicle was the first (and ultimately only) publisher on my list was that I LOVE their picture books. I appreciate their beauty and high production values. So, I had a choice here: trust, or walk away. I chose trust--with a big dash of fear.

My editor asked if I had any ideas for illustrators. I sent her a dozen names and online portfolios. I'm pretty certain she ignored me. And, they chose Tom Lichtenheld. (Who?)

When I told my editor that I'd never heard of Tom, she quickly emailed a few examples. The first was from Tom's NYT best-selling book, Duck! Rabbit! I was stunned to see bold, simple shapes and thickly-outlined illustrations. I stared blankly at the screen, feeling my heart sink.

Could this guy even draw a truck?

I spent the next couple of months intently focused on the process of editing and developing the final manuscript. But it was always there, in the back of my mind: What would the book look like? What had I given up?

One evening I received an excited email from my editor with Tom's first pencil sketch attached.

I wrote back: "I’m scared. I'll pour a glass of wine and then look at it."

I held my breath and double-clicked. And there it was: classic, timeless and tender, with just a touch of whimsy. My crane truck, a distant, younger cousin to Mike Mulligan, perhaps? My heart melted. I was won over.

So there it was: nothing like I imagined. But it was better. I've come to learn that some of the best things in life--like marriage and motherhood--are like that.

And I could almost feel Mrs. Burton smiling down.

Little House
Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House Mike Mulligan
Virginia Lee Burton's Mike Mulligan's steam shovel Concept Sketch
Rinker's original vision for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Duck Rabbit
Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld's Duck! Rabbit! Crane
Lichtenheld's first sketch of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

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At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

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