Goodnight, Goodnight Construction SiteReviews
- 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. 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 one much more day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for much more.
Amazon. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a profession in design, and how another artist brought her vision to life. com Exclusive Essay: From the Slush Pile to #1: Realizing My Vision. 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. Or Not.
Inspired, I wanted to be an artist. words ended getting a profession as a graphic designer. The ping-pong ball of art vs. It was a perfect fit: I took photographs and words and put them together inside a pretty way. I also wanted to turn out to be a poet, an art teacher, along with a journalist.
I met an artist, a photographer. We had two boys and two good excuses for buying dozens (and dozens) of picture books. He also had grown up with Virginia Burton: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. So I married him. It was a sign.
Inspired by my youngest son's tireless (literally! I included the concept illustration with my manuscript and sent it, unsolicited, to Chronicle Books. I could see it so clearly: realistic illustrations of trucks superimposed with facial expressions to convey the mood and produce the characters. And with the words emerged a vision (dare I say"obsession ") for how the book and my trucks would look. A bit of realism.) obsession with trucks, I wrote Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site in stolen moments during the workday and late at night, after the boys were tucked in. A bit of a grunge to compliment the dirty work from the trucks. A bit of collage. Strong, yet simple graphic elements to create the setting.
One of the reasons that Chronicle was the initial (and ultimately only) publisher on my list was that I LOVE their picture books. I chose trust--with a big dash of fear. I appreciate their beauty and high production values. So, I had a choice here: trust, or walk away.
My editor asked if I had any ideas for illustrators. And, they chose Tom Lichtenheld. I sent her a dozen names and online portfolios. I'm pretty certain she ignored me. (Who?)
When I told my editor that I'd never heard of Tom, she speedily emailed a quantity of examples. The first was from Tom's NYT best-selling book, Duck! Rabbit! I was stunned to see bold, simple shapes and thickly-outlined illustrations. I stared blankly at the screen, feeling my heart sink.
I spent the subsequent couple of months intently focused on the approach of editing and developing the final manuscript. But it was always there, inside the back of my mind: What would the book look like? What had I given up?
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. I was won more than. And there it was: classic, timeless and tender, with just a touch of whimsy. My heart melted. My crane truck, a distant, younger cousin to Mike Mulligan, perhaps?
So there it was: nothing like I imagined. But it was better. I've come to find out that a quantity of with the best things in life--like marriage and motherhood--are like that.
And I could virtually feel Mrs. Burton smiling down. Lichtenheld's very first sketch of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Virginia Lee Burton's The Little 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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