A cement mixer, a bulldozer, and a crane: not your average bedtime protagonists.
This sweet rhyming narrative that celebrates the day's end in an unconventional yet everyday place will convince listeners that there's a kind of lyricism and reward to the routine of hard work. With the passing of the sun, the book's colorful, friendly illustrations darken and become quieter, until the moon lights the way to a well-deserved rest for the busy equipment. Even the most resistant children will find themselves in such good company that sleep will seem more welcoming. Ages four to eight.© 2011 ForeWord Reviews. All Rights Reserved.
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's I Stink! and I'm 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: "The sun has set, the work is done;/ It's time for trucks to end their fun./ So one by one they'll go to bed/ To yawn and rest their sleepy heads,/ Then wake up to another day/ Of rough-and-tough construction play!" Each truck performs one final task before settling down to sleep, with gentle encouragement: "Shh... goodnight, Bulldozer, goodnight." Rinker's rhythmic verse reinforces the vehicles' love of their work (Dump Truck "moves the dirt/ from place to place,/ Then dumps it with a happy face") and, like Lichtenheld's art, deftly balances the story's boisterous and drowsy elements. Truck lovers will happily nod off to the strains of this read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (May)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
K-Gr 1--After each truck completes its work for the day, it cuddles up and says goodnight. Crane Truck raises one last beam and then hugs his teddy and turns on his nightlight. Cement Mixer gives a final spin before snuggling with his blanket. Dump Truck delivers his last load, closes his eyes, and starts to snore. Bulldozer and Excavator follow suit until the entire construction site is tucked in tight. Lichtenheld's detailed and textured illustrations, rendered in wax oil pastels on vellum paper, perfectly complement the fun, rhyming text, cleverly personifying each truck with expressive eyes and amusing details. The bright, golden background changes to pinkish red as the Sun begins to set and then to dark blue when the Moon appears. The repeated refrain, "Shhâ€¦ goodnight, Crane Truck [Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, Excavator], goodnight," will invite participation. Recommended for vehicle --and bedtime-themed storytimes, this is sure to be a hit with truck-loving preschoolers.--Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL[Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.