Friday, June 13, 2014

Bedtime with Big Trucks

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?
by Brianna Caplan Sayres & Christian Slade

Diggers, dump, garbage, monster, fire trucks, cranes, and other large vehicles are personified in this bedtime story. Written almost entirely in rhyming questions, each two page spread ponders where each of the pieces of machinery sleeps at night. One of my favorites is the tractor, "Where do tractors sleep at night after plowing all day long? Do their dads sing "Old TruckDonald" for a barnyard bedtime song?" The car transporter page is a little misleading, I think. It shows a picture of a car transporter loaded with cars. After asking where the car transporter sleeps it then asks, "Do they tell those cars a story as they sleep beneath the stars?" The issue I have with the illustrations is the car transporter is wide-eyed and appears to be driving down a highway. If we are being asked where the car transporter sleeps, then why is it awake, let alone driving down the highway?

This is a cute book (the board book version was used for reviewing purposes) and will be enjoyed by children who love large vehicles and machinery. However, if you want a great bedtime story with construction machinery, I would look to Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

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