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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  8,363 Ratings  ·  685 Reviews
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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Colleen I have read it to my daughter since she was probably 3 months old. She's so young that she's not always in the mood to be read to, but when she is,…moreI have read it to my daughter since she was probably 3 months old. She's so young that she's not always in the mood to be read to, but when she is, the soothing rhymes in this book really appeal to her.(less)

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Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Construction equipment at work and at rest, all explain what they do best. A fun rhyming read!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-books
My kid goes running through the park today, what is he running for, is it a squirrel or a soccer ball, no, he saw a garbage truck. Then he just stood there, next to it, grinning happily. It was parked in the park because the two dudes in it were getting high. They waved cheerfully to my kid, my kid waved ecstatically back. I stood there awkwardly. Garbage dudes are not nice to you but they are nice as shit to little kids. A lot of people are like that.

Different truck, obviously, I'm not gonna n
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this with my 4 year old nephew tonight. He and his brother love trucks and played in their sandbox all summer with their own set of trucks. It was just so cute to read this book to him at bedtime.

All the trucks are finished their work for the day and have to get their sleep. The rhymes flow nicely and my nephew and I laughed quite a bit. A delightful read!
Archit Ojha
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
It's time to rest your heads and dream.

The crane truck cuddling up the teddy bear to fall asleep made me crack up.

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
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2y, childrens
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
Jun 22, 2013 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
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
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-readers
Don't tell anybody but... I read this at work because it was lying right in front of me... and I'm also supposed to sell this to people. I wanted to know what I'm selling to them. So, don't judge me. It's a cute book with some neat illustrations. Definitely worth picking up for those little ones that love machinery and are interested in learning what different types of vehicles can do. I wish it was less gender-biased. It seems to be clearly geared towards boys, which makes me sad but doesn't su ...more
Jan 11, 2013 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.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Linda by: NYTBR podcast from 10-17-14 listened to 11-25-14
Shelves: childrens, chcpl, nytbr
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.
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An informative and fun book for the young construction lover in your life. This well-rhymed story was just as enjoyable for me to read to my preschooler as it was for him to listen to it. Highly recommended.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A perfect bedtime book for kids who are entranced with trucks and other big machines. Adorable.
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
ISBN 9781452111735 is something many moms and dads have been waiting for: a boardbook version of GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE.

GOODNIGHT (GGCS) is a great readaloud, as I'm sure you already know. The book is perfect for those kids that like construction equipment and things-that-go. In this book the guys are finishing up after a hard days work. The Crane and the Cement Mixer, for example, are shown wrapping up the day and settling down.

Besides being a good Goodnight Read, I like that
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Other than having to read "concrete mixer" out loud (because it remains my personal pet peeve that children's books refuse to name things correctly - it's not a cement mixer - cement is the stuff that binds the rocks, sand, and water together to make new rocks - aka concrete) this is a super charming book. My 1.5 year old is obsessed with construction equipment and we got this as a special new book for our vacation. LOVED IT! The rhyming is good, the pictures are cute, and other than my above me ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book written in rhyme about the roles of the various machines at a construction site and their preparation to go to sleep after a hard day’s work.
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Different types of trucks work hard all day, then rest at night. Fun rhyming story. Lovely illustrations.
Fun read aloud. My three year old really enjoys it. I do wonder why Rinker made all of the vehicles masculine. How difficult is it to use "she" for half of them? No pink required; I promise.
Cheryl Gladfelter
Love the original picture book a lot. This board book version was okay but not as good as the original. Really liked the shaped pages though.
Dec 06, 2014 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
Dana Burgess
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my grandson's favourites. He loves saying goodnight to all the machines. Cute illustrations add to the cute story. 5 stars for any toddler or preschooler that loves big machines.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. I love it as much as my toddler! Awesome pictures and rhymes. For kids who love construction sites and trucks, these books are perfect.
Nov 29, 2013 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
Elizabeth Davis
Feb 27, 2013 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
Beautiful illustrations: check.
Nice rhyming rhythm: check.
A pinch of humor: check.
Being able to convince a small child to go to bed because the construction trucks are going too: priceless.

Update: The more I read this to the kids, the more it bothers me that every single piece of construction equipment in this story is a "he." Not one "she" in the bunch. So I fix it when I read it, but it still grates on my nerves. I just saw there is a new Construction Site book coming in 2017, and I can on
Jun 21, 2011 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
Nov 03, 2012 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
Jan 17, 2015 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!
May 17, 2013 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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an instant hit with our 3 year old, who is already a fan of cars and trucks. Perfect bedtime book. The construction trucks each share their individual nighttime routines...complete with "yawns" and "zzzzzzz's" and it has a natural fit into our own son's bedtime routine. He's excited to read it, yet it also makes him sleepy... in a really good way. Great artwork. Bonus: now, I too, know the name of all the different trucks and their functions.
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