Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld is, unsurprisingly, another Bedtime book in my house.
The story is awfully cute, with adorable construction trucks finishing the last jobs around the construction site, then getting ready for bed, before drifting off to sleep. However, as much as I love this book, it’s only just starting to grow on my toddler now (at 18 months).
Although the trucks are vivid and delightful, the illustrations are quite fussy, with busy backgrounds, which make them more suitable to a slightly older reader, particularly because the “going to sleep” pages are a little darker, so can be harder to see in a dimmed room at bedtime.
There is the odd moment of older humour, like Dump Truck who snores like a trooper and the poor neighbour who’s yelling “Hey Pipe Down!” in the background image. If you have a snorer in your house this may get a few giggles.
The text is fun rhymes, with a nice sing-song flow, but also aimed at the slightly older reader, with longer paragraphs.
He takes a bath, gets shiny-bright,
Pulls up his chute, turns off his light.
He cuts his engine, slows his drum,
And dreams sweet dreams of twirly fun.
Shh … goodnight, Cement Mixer, goodnight.
The only one that keeps tripping me up is saying goodnight to the Excavator, which just goes to show that English is only nominally my first language 🙂
There are five trucks, unfortunately all male, that we get to put to bed. The wind-down and walking each truck through their individual bed-time routine helps children as they can relate to the idea of bedtime routines. They finish playing, get ready for bed, maybe have a bath, maybe snuggle up, maybe dim lights and put on PJs, then lie down and go to bed.
I am looking forward to E being a little older and able to enjoy this book more, it is just so delightful.
Great work today! Now … shh … goodnight.