Like many other little bunnies, Caramel loves machines used for building and construction. He also loves a good night story. Today he is reviewing a book that brings these two together: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, written by Sherri Duskey and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. As always, Sprinkles is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us about this book.
Caramel: This is a good book if you want to go to sleep. I bet all bunnies would like it.
S: What happens in the book?
C: There are five construction machines going to bed.
S: What do you mean? Do construction machines really ever go to bed?
C: Probably not. But in this book they do.
S: Hmm, so who are these five machines?
C: There is an Excavator, there is a Crane Truck, a Cement Mixer, a Bulldozer, and a Dump Truck. And they are all working all day long on a construction site. They do “construction play” apparently.
S: So they are like little kids playing in a sandbox and they are having a lot of fun all day, right?
C: Yes and no. They are in a sandbox, but they are not little kids.
S: But in the book they end up all going to sleep, right?
S: Like tired little kids or bunnies who have played all day long…
C: Yeah. Exactly.
S: So tell me more about the book.
C: The words all rhyme. Let me read you some. Here is how the book starts:
“Down in the big construction site,
The tough trucks work with all their might
To build a building, make a road
To get the job done–load by load!”
S: So do you read this book out loud?
C: Sometimes. But I also like it when you read it out loud to me.
S: Yes, it kind of feels like I am putting my little construction machine to bed when I am reading. So if you were a construction machine, which one would you be?
C: None of them. I don’t want to be a construction machine.
S: Then why do you like reading books about them going to bed?
C: I don’t know. I just like machines.
S: Yes, I do know that. You even reviewed a whole book on engineering for this blog. But it is a bit more than that I think. You like books and movies and such that have machines that think, feel, and play with friends. I remember how much you used to enjoy watching the Cars movies.
C: I do like technology. And I like playing with friends.
S: I guess that makes sense! Alright, did you recognize the drawing in the book? You reviewed another book illustrated by the same person; can you tell?
C: Not really. I do like the illustrations in this book a lot. I liked the ones in the other book, too. But I can’t tell they were done by the same person.
S: But you are right, the illustrator makes the construction machines cute and lovable, and you can somehow calm down and get ready to sleep by seeing them slowly go to sleep.
C: Yes. Let us read this book tonight!
S: Good idea!
C: And this is a good place to wrap up our review. Stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!