Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books © 2013
Genre: Children’s Books
Subgenre: Construction, Family Life
The end of the day at the construction site means rest and bedtime for all the machinery working there. Each type of equipment finishes the last of its job and begins a bedtime routine before settling in for a good night’s rest.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site brings the reader (and listeners) right onto the jobsite, introducing each type of machinery and its typical work. They go from active and hardworking to ready for bed, demonstrating how the equipment is stored when not in use. There are nightlights and blankets, those that snuggle and others that snore. At the end, the construction site is seen from afar, the equipment silent and “sleeping” in preparation for another busy day.
The story has characterized the equipment, bringing them to life through the story and illustrations. The rhyme is consistent, but cadence is not as well maintained as in the author/illustrator’s other book, Steam Train, Dream Train. There are yawns and sighs added in that, while cute, disrupt the flow of the read. Unlike Steam Train, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site introduces each piece of equipment when it’s busy and working, then winding down and readying for bed. There is no overarching pattern of everyone slowing down together, which makes the book feel more disjointed (in comparison). We are a construction-loving house, parents and kids alike.
It’s a good book for the busy mom (and her kids), teaching proper equipment names and their uses, and reviewing different bedtime routines of the funny, cartoon-character construction trucks. Overall, the story is cute and a good bedtime read. It’s definitely a favorite in our house and a must have for anyone curious about machinery or who wants to know: How does an excavator get to sleep at night?
Happy reading and happy trails!
Cover art © Tom Lichtenheld; Chronicle Books