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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

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The #1 New York Times bestseller

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustr
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published March 2nd 2011)
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This is such a cute idea, and a great alternative to bedtime stories featuring animals as many children love big construction trucks. I mean, they are pretty darn cool ;-> And it's fun imagining them dozing off to sleep after a long day helping to build structures.

But, ultimately, I wasn't super wowed. Maybe all the hype just set me up to be a little disappointed. The rhyming text was just okay for me, and though I liked the illustrations alright I didn't find most of them as endear
Dec 27, 2015 Asho rated it it was amazing
This was in our most recent library book bundle about trucks and construction (might as well start enforcing those gender stereotypes early, right?). I loved it so much that I have renewed it twice now and am thinking I just need to buy my son his own copy.
What do I love about it? First of all, the illustrations are so endearing! The Cement Mixer with his blankie and the Crane Truck with his stuffed animal and night light just make my heart melt every time I look at them. The images are simultan
Nov 01, 2011 Melissa added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Tom Lichtenheld is one of my favorite illustrators. I discovered his work—how was I missing it??—in the wonderful Chris Barton picture book, Shark Vs. Train, that you’ve heard me rave about so many times before. Tom’s bold, energetic style crackles with humor and appeal. My kids are all drawn to his work; his illustrations are the kind you pore over, giggling at the details.

I went on a binge last week and ordered all the Lichtenheld our library system could muster. (The entire second row picture
Nov 17, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2y
My son, reinforcing gender stereotypes everywhere, loves construction equipment. This book was obviously going to be a hit. One by one each piece of construction equipment finishes its work and gets tucked in for bed. Crane Truck cuddles up with his teddy bear after raising one last beam, Cement Mixer gets a bath before getting under his blanket, and on my son's favorite page, Dump Truck is yelled at for his loud snoring.

I don't much care for the text in the book; it doesn't really trip off the
Nov 26, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Recommended to Linda by: NYTBR podcast from 10-17-14 listened to 11-25-14
Shelves: chcpl, nytbr, childrens
According to the New York Times Book Review podcast, this book was in a slush pile on someone's desk until an editorial assistant pulled it out of the pile. It has been on the NYT best seller's list for children's books for more than 2 years. It's an easily read book in iambic pentameter rhyme. Wonderful illustrations, too.
Dec 06, 2014 NTE rated it it was amazing
Read for CBR 6

Today you lovely people get to benefit from my

1) need to provide the newest arrivals in my family with quality children’s literature,
2) hatred for gift registries, and
3) understanding of the panic that occurs when tiny babies do not want to go to sleep.

My go-to gift for any occasion is a book. Or many books. I figure you, my fellow Cannonballers, have a similar notion that there is, somewhere in the universe, a perfect book to give as a gift for almost every reason. Good days, bad
Jan 19, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it

Booklist called Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site a "standout picture book," and I would definitely agree. I, too, found the pictures cute, detailed, and interesting to look at. Personifying the various construction equipment would get children's attention, and the easy rhymes create a nice rhythm that feels like being rocked to sleep. My 3 and 5 year old nephews would love this book!
Nov 29, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
My son turned five about two weeks ago. He got a "Big Dig" from my husband's parents. He sits on the seat and he can dig holes in the sandbox with the big, construction-like shovel. All that is great, except he doesn't have a sandbox. I set him to work on the weeds in the garden -- with rather disastrous results.

A few days after his birthday, my son received this book from a friend of mine. He recognized the "Big Dig" right away, and immediately told me a story about a shovel and the moon and t
Jun 21, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla
In rhyming text, this picture book celebrates the work that goes on at a construction site. As the day winds down, the trucks complete their final tasks. The crane truck lifts and settles one more beam. The cement mixer pours out its last load. The story follows those big trucks and others such as dump trucks, bulldozers, and excavators--all fascinating to young children--as they shut down for the day, satisfied with a job well-done. The large wax oil pastel illustrations create a peaceful setti ...more
Elizabeth Davis
Feb 27, 2013 Elizabeth Davis rated it it was amazing
I love anthropomorphism. Most of my favorite children's books have talking animals with cheeky personalities but joining the ranks of my favorite animal characters are these busy trucks who let out a yawn and cuddle with teddy bears at the end of the day. Yes, if I didn't have a busy-all-things-construction-site toddler boy, this may not rank as high as the others but the illustrations are wonderful and descriptive and rhyming text. My son loves that he can predict what's coming up and that we c ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Janae rated it it was amazing
My girls loved to read about the big machines going to sleep and they enjoyed guessing what was being built. It was fun and I liked the length, too. Great book, and clever idea.
Apr 27, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
The current go-to at story time. I like it for the images...
Nov 03, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it

My grandson carried this library book around for weeks. He made me read it morning, noon and night. We now own our own copy. So cute and infectious. Not really gender neutral however. Also I always change the final line in the book to " goodnight goodnight construction site." One final small criticism. The small so cute details in the illustrations at the beginning like the truck having a teddy bear and the cement mixer having a blanket aren't really carried through to the end of the book. Stil
Dec 22, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Parker's new favourite thanks to his Aunt Jodi!
Molly Finnerty
Jun 29, 2015 Molly Finnerty rated it it was amazing
Informational Text:

"Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" is a great read-aloud book for preschool aged children. It is considered an informational text for children around the ages of 3-5. It tells the story of all of the different types of trucks used on a construction site. It gives the basic explanations of each of the trucks duties on the construction site throughout the day. From the excavator to the dump truck to the cranes and the cement truck, children will learn all about trucks and
Lucila Perez
Dec 09, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
One of the things that the reader will notice when they start reading this book is the rhymes. It’s easy to read and sounds like a lullaby for a bedtime story. This book also gives readers a different perspective of the machines/ equipment’s we use to conduct work such as fixing or developing freeways, roads, bridges, or buildings. Each equipment has the own way of working. Because of the setting is taken place at night, the colors are mostly dark.This picture book celebrates the work that goes ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if everyone's son is as obsessed with trucks and cars and machines like mine is. But this book elicits no less than ABJECT JOY from him. LOUD, INTENSE ADORATION. He LOVES seeing each new machine (the book progresses through each kind of machine at a construction site), and on the pages where they go to sleep he quiets and says, "night, truk. Night, truk." Then we turn the page and he shouts, "WHOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAA," at the big bulldozer and all the big jobs he does throughout the day ...more
Liane Marie
Oct 01, 2014 Liane Marie rated it it was amazing

Category: Hardcover

Age: 1-3+ years

Synopsis: With lyrical rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this top-selling book describes what Excavator and his fellow construction crew, including Dump Truck and Bulldozer, do after a long day of “rough-and-tough construction play”: they take a bath, snuggle into their dirt beds, and go to sleep.

Bilingual benefit: This book is like Shakespeare for a lil one obsessed with wheels. The lyrical language rhymes well, is enjoyable to read out loud, and, I hope, wil
May 18, 2013 HM rated it liked it
به نظرم رسید کنار کتاب های مختلف شعر و نقد ادبی و فلسفه و تاریخ معاصر کمی هم بگردم تا 4 تا کتاب بدرد بخورد در ژانر کودک و نوحوان در باب زندگی شهری و شهروندی پیدا کنم

این کتاب یکی از بهترین هایی است که در کنار معرفی ماشین های ساختمانی و دوستی با آنها در روز ، شب هنگام با ماشین ها خداحافظی می کنیم و به خواب دعوتشان کنیم تا بلکه یک شب بتوانیم آسوده بخوابیم

حالا مانده ام بین فرازی از سرودهای ازرا پاند و این شعر ! روی ترجمه کدامیک تمرکز کنم
Goodnight, goodnight, construction site is a story about a construction site where trucks are working hard to build buildings and roads to get their job done. Once the sun sets, the trucks know it is time to end their work for the day. The book goes through all of the different trucks, their workload during the day, and their nightly routine once the sun goes down. Some of the trucks include a crane, a cement mixer, a dump truck, a bull dozier, and an excavator. I would use this book in my class ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
When your child is fixated by any manner of construction equipment or large truck, this book is the best. As the construction site shuts down for the day, so do the machines doing the dirty work--they all go to sleep. Each one has it's own personality, which is adorable. And the rhyming, while at times expected and repetitive, mostly feels fresh and fun. It's well written and the illustrations are perfect.
Van Phan
Feb 28, 2014 Van Phan rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-fantasy
Book #5

One of the things that the reader will notice about reading this book is the rhymes. It’s easy to read and sounds like a lullaby for a bedtime story. This book also gives readers a different perspective of the machines/ equipment’s we use to conduct work such as fixing or developing freeways, roads, bridges, or buildings. Each equipment has the own way of working. Because of the setting is taken place at night, the colors are mostly dark. Although with the brightness from the moon, stars,
Carrie Charley Brown
May 02, 2013 Carrie Charley Brown rated it it was amazing
This is sure to be the favorite of many little boys! Tom Lichtenheld brings such tenderness to the sleepy vehicles. I was laughing out loud to see the blankie and teddy bear as part of their nighttime needs. The text and illustrations compliment one another beautifully. Sherry Duskey Rinker allows us to form a bond with each of the construction characters.
Heather Boyd
Jan 09, 2012 Heather Boyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Andrew loves this book. The illustrations are beautiful. The rhymes are cute. And aside from the whole gender-bias thing (are construction vehicles inevitably male? and on that note, do they have eyes and mouths? But that's just me being critical), it is a lovely book that I am happy to read at least once a night.
Apr 25, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite kids books! Got it for my daughter when she was just a month or so old, and she LOVES it even after many years ... And loves to point out all the specific types of construction equipment she sees - given that we do a lot if road trips and her mom and dad are familiar with construction equipment and help her fill in the names of those pieces of equipment that aren't in the book, it also provides fun for our road trips! Our son is also a HUGE fan and wants us to read it ...more
Joe Padon
Aug 01, 2014 Joe Padon rated it really liked it
Duskey Rinker, S. (2011). Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. San Francisco: Chronicle Book

A different bedtime story. As the construction equipment shuts down after a long day of work, it’s time to say “goodnight” to them so they can rest for another big day tomorrow.
ALA Notable Children's Books 2012
Publishers Weekly Annex 06/13/11
Booklist starred 09/01/11
School Library Journal starred 07/01/11
Horn Book 10/01/11
Wilson's Children 10/01/12

I would use this book as a different perspective to int
Ashley Sampson
Apr 06, 2015 Ashley Sampson rated it it was amazing
This book is a children's picture book whose target audience I would say is between 2-7 years old. The book is about different construction vehicles working at a site and what they have to do to get ready for "bed". This cute little book was an instant hit with my children then (2, 5, and 8 years old) and is still a hit just over a year later. The pages are colorful, but the colors are subtle, not bright and jarring. Each page offers a new rhyme to keep little ones (and bigger kids) interested u ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
It's a nice little story and I liked it well enough though i wasn't wowed by it, so I'd give it 3 stars for "like". But I thought the art was I'd give that 5 stars, hence the rating averaged out to be 4 stars.
Evelyn Mauldin
Nov 17, 2015 Evelyn Mauldin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: construction
I enjoyed this book because the author went into detail about the different jobs of all the construction vehicles. For example, she discussed excavators and cement trucks, and why they might be so tired at the end of the day. When I have read this book to children in the past, they are very interested in the illustrations which increases engagement throughout the book. Additionally, many of these vehicles are availible at actual construction site, so it is likely that these children have encount ...more
Ashleigh De nicola
Dec 06, 2014 Ashleigh De nicola marked it as to-read
This book is about a construction site where trucks are working to build buildings and roads to get their job done. The trucks know once the sun sets, their work day is over. There are many different trucks the book goes through as well as the workload and what they d as the sun sets. I would definitely recommend this book to elementary school level children interested in trucks. It covers a good portion of them and what they do. It is also a good tool to show children how things are built and h ...more
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Sherri has returned to her passion of writing to indulge her own children's passions. A graphic designer, she lives in Chicago with her photographer husband, a cockapoo named Quincy, several fish, a few hermit crabs, an ever-changing array of insects in jars, toys in every corner, and two energetic and inquisitive young boys: one fascinated by bugs and magic and another obsessed with trucks and tr ...more
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