Parents' Guide to

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+

My boy gives two thumbs up. I don’t.

This has an Ayn Rand quality to it. I enjoy Ayn Rand, but I can disassociate the messaging. My son can’t. I don’t want my son to grow up thinking that work life balance is WORK. I work in construction and advocate diversity on the job. So I am troubled by the male dominance of the pronouns. Having said all that, my two year old loves it. So I’m conflicted.
age 2+

Needs pronoun help but great

Great book that's only problem is that the trucks are all male. It is also very pronoun heavy (lots of him/his) which made turning all of the trucks female for our daughter a bit of a challenge. When we had a son we alternates between female & male trucks. Despite the gender problem my daughter loved this book (edited form) and we read it hundreds of times. It has really beautiful rhymes that work just as well with female trucks.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE deftly blends the excitement of a construction site with the classic elements of a lullaby book. Rhythmic, repetitive text by Sherri Duskey Rinker slowly casts a sleepy spell. Richly hued oil pastels by Tom Lichtenheld (Duck! Rabbit!) bathe the trucks in golden late-day colors and deep indigo at night. Kids will love the tiny touches: a blanket draped over snoozing Cement Mixer, a teddy bear cradled by Crane Truck, who holds a glowing star nightlight aloft with his boom.

Kids will appreciate that these seemingly untiring, hardworking machines get tuckered out, too. The trucks' bedtime routines are familiar: They ease into rest by wrapping up the day's fun, quieting down, perhaps taking a bath, and then tucking themselves in. All that's missing is the bedtime story!

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