Goodnight, Goodnight Construction SiteRating
- Number of Pages: 32
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, each of 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 much more. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their operate and lie down to rest — so they'll be ready for one more day of rough and tough construction play!
Amazon. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a career in design, and how another artist brought her vision to life. 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.
Inspired, I wanted to be an artist. It was a perfect fit: I took pictures and words and put them together in a pretty way. I also wanted to develop to be a poet, an art teacher, along with a journalist. words ended using a profession as a graphic designer. The ping-pong ball of art vs.
I met an artist, a photographer. So I married him. He also had grown up with Virginia Burton: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. We had two boys and two good excuses for buying dozens (and dozens) of picture books. It was a sign.
Inspired by my youngest son's tireless (literally! And with the words emerged a vision (dare I say"obsession ") for how the book and my trucks would look. A bit of realism. I included the idea illustration with my manuscript and sent it, unsolicited, to Chronicle Books.) obsession with trucks, I wrote Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site in stolen moments during the workday and late at night, quickly after the boys had been tucked in. I could see it so clearly: realistic illustrations of trucks superimposed with facial expressions to convey the mood and produce the characters. A bit of a grunge to compliment the dirty work with all the trucks. A bit of collage. Strong, but simple graphic components to develop the setting.
One of the reasons 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 appreciate their beauty and high production values. I chose trust--with a big dash of fear.
My editor asked if I had any ideas for illustrators. And, they chose Tom Lichtenheld. (Who?) I sent her a dozen names and on the internet portfolios. I'm pretty certain she ignored me.
When I told my editor that I'd never heard of Tom, she quickly emailed a few examples. I stared blankly at the screen, feeling my heart sink. 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 spent the next couple of months intently focused on the strategy of editing and developing the final manuscript. But it was always there, inside the back of my mind: What would the book appear like? What had I given up?
I wrote back:"I'm scared. I'll pour a glass of wine and then look at it."
I held my breath and double-clicked. My heart melted. I was won more than. And there it was: classic, timeless and tender, with just a touch of whimsy. My crane truck, a distant, younger cousin to Mike Mulligan, perhaps?
So there it was: nothing at all like I imagined. But it was better. I've come to understand that a few of the best things in life--like marriage and motherhood--are like that.
And I could virtually feel Mrs. Burton smiling down. 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! Lichtenheld's really first sketch of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Rabbit!
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