Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Kids will learn about five different trucks: what kind of work they do, how they do it, and some of their special features.

Positive Messages

Work can be play, if you enjoy your work as much as these trucks do. While each truck takes a turn in the spotlight, the text emphasizes that they work together as a team. And just like people, these trucks have a bedtime routine to help them settle to sleep.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The trucks are hardworking and proud, and they enjoy their work. They're careful to finish their jobs before shutting down for the night. Even strong, powerful trucks need to take a break and refuel, the story shows.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, has the makings of a bedtime classic. It has just enough action to satisfy kids who are crazy for trucks, but the gentle, rhyming text is soothing -- just right for bedtime. It was named an American Library Association Notable Book for Children.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 7-year-old Written byMegsarn March 4, 2019

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 femal... Continue reading
Parent Written byElmat January 22, 2019

Outdated Gender Roles

This book would be great if it weren’t for the tired old stereotype that construction is only something boys are interested in: why are all the vehicles male??

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What's the story?

The day is drawing to a close at a busy construction site. One by one, five trucks finish up their day's work -- or rather, play -- and wind down for bed. They take a bath, close their doors, shut down their engines, and settle in for hard-earned rest so they'll be ready to rev back up the next day.

Is it any good?

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!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the trucks prepare for bed. How is their winding-down time similar to your bedtime routine? Do trucks sleep the same way you do?

  • Talk about the type of work done by each type of truck and how they work together as a team. Point out trucks when you spot them out and about.

  • Parents can print out online activity sheets and help kids do a dot-to-dot, draw a picture of Crane Truck's dream, or match Cement Mixer's expression to the right emotion.

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For kids who love cars and trucks

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