Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

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The bedtime rituals of little diggers and dump trucks at a construction site should be quite familar to kids saying goodnight. Young readers will identify with fire engines, tractors and monster trucks as the vehicles ask for one more story while their mommy trucks tuck them in, and their daddy trucks sing a goodnight song. Children who can't get enough of trucks will love Brianna Caplan Sayres things-that-go bedtime story.

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Overview

The bedtime rituals of little diggers and dump trucks at a construction site should be quite familar to kids saying goodnight. Young readers will identify with fire engines, tractors and monster trucks as the vehicles ask for one more story while their mommy trucks tuck them in, and their daddy trucks sing a goodnight song. Children who can't get enough of trucks will love Brianna Caplan Sayres things-that-go bedtime story.

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Kirkus Reviews
Another good old truck book; they never come amiss. Newcomer Sayres hits plenty of sweet notes with this tribute to the trucks of our world, singing them off to sleep in comforting couplets. "Where do diggers sleep at night? / Do they dream of holes they dug?" Children's identification with these beasts of the road and worksite is swift and complete. Dump trucks, fire trucks, car transporters, garbage trucks: "Where do garbage trucks sleep / when they're done collecting trash? / Do their dads sniff their load and say, / ‘Pee-yew—time to take a bath'?" So there is a touch of low comedy, too, as well as the kind of inclusive generosity that welcomes monster trucks into their midst. Plus a natty tongue-twister to hurry along those nodding off to sleep: "Do their flashing fire-red beacons / make for super-bright night-lights?" Slade's artwork is dessert rich, with great soupy smiles and droopy eyes, backdrops of small towns here and small cities there, all under blueberry-stained night skies. For all the heavy lifting, this book works well as a lullaby, the illustrations shifting neatly, if predictably, at the end to a little boy's room and its bevy of toy trucks. Trucks can be big and noisy and moderately terrifying. Caught right, as here—what's not to love? (Picture book. 3-6)
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"Sure to find an audience among small fans of big trucks."  -Booklist

"...Trucks can be big and noisy and moderately terrifying. Caught right, as here— what's not to love?"   -Kirkus Reviews

"...a solid choice for any truck-obsessed preschooler... Fun, imaginative verse appears on every page."   -School Library Journal

"Taking you from the construction site to the farm to the monster truck arena and more, little ones will be ready to close their eyes by the time they've visited each truck."  —Random Acts of Reading

"This book is just plain adorable! ...The rhyming text compliments with words that are perfectly matched to the individual machine."  — Youth Services Book Review

"...a must have for every little one who is a big truck/construction truck lover!" —CMLD Kids/Teens Book Reviews

"The pictures in this book are amazing and the rhyming phrases that accompany them make this a super cute story." —Kiss the Book (a book review site for school librarians)

School Library Journal
PreS-K—With its gentle tone, soft colors, and singsong rhyme scheme, this book is a solid choice for any truck-obsessed preschooler. Each page follows the imagined bedtime routine of grand vehicles like garbage trucks, monster trucks, snowplows, and even fire trucks. Fun, imaginative verse appears on every page: "Where do monster trucks sleep/when they've done a day of crushing?/Do they find a giant puddle/ when their metal teeth need brushing?" The final spread shows a sleepy boy safely tucked into bed, surrounded by his sleepy-looking, smiling toys. The illustrations of cartoon trucks with expressive faces give away Slade's Disney animator background. Pair this selection with Katherine Ayres's Matthew's Truck (Candlewick, 2005) and you've snagged the attention of young truck fanatics.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375868481
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 181,359
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIANNA CAPLAN SAYRES didn't know anything about trucks—until her two-year-old son started to teach her everything about them. Now she and her husband put two boys to bed each night in a New Jersey home filled with diggers, dump trucks, and fire engines. This is Brianna's first picture book. You can visit her on the Web at BriannaCaplanSayres.com.

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