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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 illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck ...

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Overview

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 illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
School Library Journal
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, "Shh… 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
From the Publisher
" Truck-loving kids will respond to this take on settling down to sleep. " - The Horn Book Guide

"This book is a treasure." -Testy Yet Trying blog

"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." - Publishers Weekly

"Perfect for sleepers who are more fascinated by the motorized and muddy than by the soft and fluffy. A certain subset of parents and grandparents will see this book and shout, "At last!" - Chicago Tribune

"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. ...Recommended for vehicle- and bedtime-themed storytimes, this is sure to be a hit with truck-loving preschoolers." - School Library Journal, starred review

"If your little reader is mad for trucks, you must get this gem of a book!" -SweetOnBooks.com

"Gentle rhymes and soft-colored pictures of favorite trucks are the perfect way to lull any child into sweet dreams." - Bookmarkable blog,

"For all those youngsters who feel coziest with a cement mixer jammed into an armpit and a dump truck wedged at their feet, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site might be the best bedtime book ever." - Hampton Roads

"An ideal bedtime book for all those truck-loving toddlers and preschoolers! ...If there's a truck fan in your family, this is a great pick... Drive it to the top of your pile of story time truck reads as well." - Waking Brain Cells blog

"A great read-aloud story as you are settling your child in for the night." -About.com

"A delightful debut." - The New York Times

" A standout picture book, especially for those who like wheels with their dreams" - Booklist, starred review

School Library Journal
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, "Shh… 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811877824
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 344
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherri Rinker is a graphic designer and is constantly inspired by the passions of her two young boys.

Tom Lichtenheld loves drawing pictures and telling silly stories. His books include the best-selling Duck! Rabbit!, Everything I Know About Cars, and Shark vs. Train. He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great bedtime book for little boys

    My almost 2 yr old loves this book. The illustrations are beautifully done & eye catching. For any little boy who loves construction equipment, this is a must have book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Barely One Star

    The Nook version of this book is Nothing like the hardcover. I gave it one star, because Barnes & Noble was nice enough to credit my account back the money I spent on it after I didn't like it. First of all, it doesn't read to you, which in my opinion is the only reason to get a kids Nook book. Second of all, the color picture is an 1/8 of the size in the real book. The hardcover version has full color illustrations and the Nook has small rectanglular pictures. Bummer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Horrible, not aligned properly

    I purchased this book and found it to be a total waste of money. It reads length wise and I think it should be width wise. The pictures are cut off and the writing goes over two pages with no pictures on every second page. Useless book for toddler. Story would be good if it was properly formatted otherwise don't waste your money. I sent a complaint in and got no answer back.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    nook version is horrible! half the pages have no pictures. whe

    nook version is horrible! half the pages have no pictures. when there are pictures, they are very small. pages with words only will not hold the interest of toddlers! don't waste your $ on the nook version!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    The utmost favorite of my grandsons!

    What a sweet and gentle bedtime story...about cranes, excavators, dump trucks, and bulldozers finishing their day's work and bedding down for the night...with teddy bear, blanket, and even snoring!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Not Formatted for the Nook

    This is an adorable bedtime story, but the formatting for the Nook is horrible. The illustrations are lovely but you can barely see them. I don't understand why this wasn't formatted as a Nook Kids book rather than just an e-book. The point of these types of stories are the illustrations half of which seem cut off. Wish I could get my money back very disappointed with the purchase.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Anon

    Cute story. I agree with other posts...NOT formatted well. 6 pages long and very small pictures. Very disappointed. :(

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Great book for vehicle loving tots!

    My 17 month old loves this book and we read it every night (for now). Its well written with cute rhyming phrases and the illustrations are great. Reminds me other favorites - the Little Blue Truck books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    A must have for a toddler bedtime story!

    The book has talks about big tough trucks that play hard all day settling in for bed. The illustrations make the work trucks look friendly and to which a child can relate. The hushed tones and rhythmic story makes me drowsy as I read it to our son. He insists we read it every night at bedtime.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Dissapointed

    When I reviewed the book before I purchased the book, it was animated. When I opened it on my Nook tablet there was no animation. Story is cute.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Excellent book for little boys who love trucks

    My almost 3 year old really enjoys this book and asks for it often. My only complaint is that the pictures are too small on the Nook. It seems like it could have been formatted better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    My son (nearly 3) loves this book! It helps quiet him as we get

    My son (nearly 3) loves this book! It helps quiet him as we get ready for bed, and he loves to say goodnight to each truck. If your little guy (or girl) likes trucks this book is a must!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Great for boys and bedtime!

    Beautiful illustrations along with diggers and a sweet bedtime story. A perfect fit for my active 3 year old.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Great book especially if your little one is into all things construction related as my grandson is! He enjoyed the pictures and what the characters had to say!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    My two year old son loves this book--he says the lines with me!

    My two year old son loves this book--he says the lines with me! It's a very cute story of each piece of construction equipment working hard and then getting ready for bed. The illustrations are beautiful and thoughtful. A must-have!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    this is an absolutely fabulous book. i have purchased several f

    this is an absolutely fabulous book. i have purchased several for gifts. my 2 1/2 year old just loves when i read "construction site" to him. he has also learned the name of many trucks and identifies them on the road. i highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    loved it!

    I bought this for my 2 year old grandaughter who loves heavy equipment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Great book!

    My 4 year old grandson loves to use my Nook and I have purchased books and apps for it especially for him. When I ordered this, I did not realize that it was not a read along, but that has worked out since I now read this to him right before he goes to bed.

    The illustrations are top-notch and he enjoys the rhyming story and says Goodnight, goodnight construction site each time I read it. He loves trucks and other construction vehicles so this is right down his alley.

    I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    disappointing

    My two young grandsons (2 and 4) are passionate about vehicles, so I was disappointed that they were not very enthusiastic about this book. One major problem is that is has been poorly formatted for the Nook. The final sentences and even syllables are often not completed on the same page, making it hard to follow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Wonderful, but with an asterick

    This is a wonderful story for a quiet before bed read. However, having also read the hardcover, the ebook's pictures are not as grand; they are smaller than screen size. This book also doesn't have the "read to me" option. That being said the story itself is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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