cover image Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8118-7782-4

A noisy construction site may be an unorthodox setting for a bedtime story, but newcomer Rinker and Lichtenheld (Shark vs. Train) tie together the dual themes neatly. Though more subdued than the trucks that drive Kate and Jim McMullan%E2%80%99s I Stink! and I%E2%80%99m Dirty!, these anthropomorphized vehicles have a similar graphic feel and cheerful demeanor. After five machines are first pictured hard at work, they appear against a blazing sky: %E2%80%9CThe sun has set, the work is done;/ It%E2%80%99s time for trucks to end their fun./ So one by one they%E2%80%99ll go to bed/ To yawn and rest their sleepy heads,/ Then wake up to another day/ Of rough-and-tough construction play!%E2%80%9D Each truck performs one final task before settling down to sleep, with gentle encouragement: %E2%80%9CShh... goodnight, Bulldozer, goodnight.%E2%80%9D Rinker%E2%80%99s rhythmic verse reinforces the vehicles%E2%80%99 love of their work (Dump Truck %E2%80%9Cmoves the dirt/ from place to place,/ Then dumps it with a happy face%E2%80%9D) and, like Lichtenheld%E2%80%99s art, deftly balances the story%E2%80%99s boisterous and drowsy elements. Truck lovers will happily nod off to the strains of this read-aloud. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (May)