Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Lori NicholsPreschoolers will eagerly pick up the animal sounds and repetition in this playful bedtime book. Pig is ready to snuggle down in his sty, only when he plops down…"Moooo! Who do you think he found?" Pig sends Cow to her stall, calling "Go sleep in your own bed!", a phrase which Cow, Hen, Horse, Sheep, and Dog have cause to repeat as each finds an interloper in their sleeping spot. Plentiful onomatopoeia, goofy wordplay ("Oh, baaah-ther!" exclaims Sheep), and a backdrop of soothing colors combine to make Go Sleep in Your Own Bed "a standout for drowsy bedtime reading" (School Library Journal).
Bulldozer's Big Day by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric RohmannFollowing his first outing in Bulldozer Helps Out, perky yellow Bulldozer is eager to celebrate his birthday. Zipping around the construction site, he asks his friends to "guess what day today is!" only to be disappointed when Digger, Dump Truck, Cement Mixer and others seem to be too busy working to pay him any attention. Have his friends truly forgotten his special day? Heavy-lined, primary-colored block prints lend a satisfying heft to the denizens of the construction site, all of whom gather after work for a surprise birthday party, complete with enormous cake.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Tom LichtenheldLots of big-truck books are rowdy, but this popular read is just right for bedtime. Opening at sunset, it shows Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, and other personified construction vehicles finishing up the day's work and getting themselves ready for a good night's rest. Simple rhymes describe the trucks' bedtime routines as well as what they've been up to all day (lifting, digging, dumping, etc.), while crayon-textured cartoon illustrations show the machines happily settling in to sleep; may your truck-loving toddler be inspired to follow suit!
The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen SavageIt's his first day of work, and the red-striped cement mixer is eager to please. When the experienced trucks on the construction site tell him to "mix up some powdery white cement," he rushes off to collect some white powder, adds water, and…"presto! A CAKE!" Oops -- it was flour, not cement! Though readers are clued in by the pictures, it takes a few tries for the cement mixer to get it right, with each comical mistake revealed after a repeated refrain. Kids who want more of the crisp artwork and can-do spirit in The Mixed-Up Truck will want to check out author Stephen Savage's earlier book, Supertruck.
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