Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
- Number of Pages: 32
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest — so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!
Amazon. com Exclusive Essay: From the Slush Pile to #1: Realizing My Vision. Or Not. First-time author Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site steadily climbed up the New York Times' Bestseller list throughout 2011, reaching #1 on January 29th, 2012. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a career in design, and how yet another artist brought her vision to life.
Inspired, I wanted to be an artist. I also wanted to turn into a poet, an art teacher, and a journalist. words ended with a career as a graphic designer. It was a perfect fit: I took photographs and words and put them together inside a pretty way. The ping-pong ball of art vs.
I met an artist, a photographer. We had two boys and two good excuses for buying dozens (and dozens) of picture books. It was a sign. So I married him. He also had grown up with Virginia Burton: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.
Inspired by my youngest son's tireless (literally! I included the concept illustration with my manuscript and sent it, unsolicited, to Chronicle Books. A bit of realism.) obsession with trucks, I wrote Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site in stolen moments in the course of the workday and late at night, after the boys were tucked in. A bit of collage. I could see it so clearly: realistic illustrations of trucks superimposed with facial expressions to convey the mood and create the characters. A bit of a grunge to compliment the dirty operate of the trucks. Strong, but basic graphic elements to make the setting. And with the words emerged a vision (dare I say"obsession ") for how the book and my trucks would look.
Among the causes that Chronicle was the first (and ultimately only) publisher on my list was that I LOVE their picture books. So, I had a choice here: trust, or walk away. I chose trust--with a big dash of fear. I appreciate their beauty and high production values.
My editor asked if I had any ideas for illustrators.) I sent her a dozen names and on the web portfolios. And, they chose Tom Lichtenheld. I'm pretty specified she ignored me. (Who?
When I told my editor that I'd never heard of Tom, she quickly emailed a few examples. Rabbit! I was stunned to view bold, simple shapes and thickly-outlined illustrations. I stared blankly at the screen, feeling my heart sink. The first was from Tom's NYT best-selling book, Duck!
I spent the next couple of months intently focused on the procedure of editing and developing the final manuscript. What had I given up? But it was always there, within the back of my mind: What would the book look like?
I wrote back:"I'm scared."I'll pour a glass of wine and then appear at it.
I held my breath and double-clicked. And there it was: classic, timeless and tender, with just a touch of whimsy. My heart melted. I was won over. My crane truck, a distant, younger cousin to Mike Mulligan, perhaps?
So there it was: absolutely nothing like I imagined. I've come to learn that many in the best things in life--like marriage and motherhood--are like that. But it was better.
And I could almost feel Mrs. Burton smiling down. Lichtenheld's 1st sketch of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Virginia Lee Burton's The Small House Virginia Lee Burton's Mike Mulligan's steam shovel Rinker's original vision for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld's Duck! Rabbit!
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