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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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This is a child friendly book that describes the individual daily jobs of a the Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator. Each machine is shown at the end of their work day all tired out as they complete their last task. The crane places his last beam, while the cement mixer pours his last load. Dump trunk dumps his last pile as bulldozer and excavator stop moving gravel. At the end of their work day, they all get settled to sleep with two good nights. This book is an informational book about jobs people and machines do while incorporating a lullaby theme. ( )
  KelseyGilgannon | Sep 4, 2016 |
Cute book about the construction vehicles as they end their work day and go to sleep. The illustrations are wonderful. Look closely at them for more fun. A delightful book! ( )
  Sheila1957 | Jul 27, 2016 |
Sometimes, books are not ment to have a major point, but just be sweet enough to read to children. That is how this book is, a very sweet bedtime story. ( )
  amberloposser | Apr 26, 2016 |
This is a good book to read to a child before bed, but I do not think that it is very educational, besides learning about the different types of work vehicles. It could be used for young children who are learning about construction, or everyday things. This book is a nice, calm read with age appropriate language but it would not be of great use in the classroom. The illustrations in this book are very nice and detailed. They display all of the equipment in ways that do not make them look scary, by giving them faces and putting objects such as teddy bears near them. This is a good example of a before bedtime story for young children.
  jcooke7 | Dec 9, 2015 |
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is a trade book about different types of work trucks and equipment. It is set during the end of a long hard work day for the vehicles, and goes through each of their bedtimes. This is a good book to read to a child before bed, but I do not know if it is at all educational, besides for learning different types of work vehicles. It could be used for young children who are learning about construction, or everyday things. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, because it is a nice, calm, read; but it would not be of great use in the classroom. The illustrations in this book are very nice. They display all of the equipment in ways that do not make them look scary, by giving them faces and putting objects such as teddy bears near them. My interpretation of this book is that it is trying to get kids go to sleep. The kids might be able to relate to the tractors if they are interested in them. ( )
  Tkahoun | Oct 13, 2015 |
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Lichtenheld, Tommain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 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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