Construction site Taking flight!

Sherri Duskey Rinker

Book - 2023

Six truck friends travel to the airport to build a new terminal, expanding the airport for both planes and travelers.

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Children's Room jE/Rinker Due Jun 30, 2024
Stories in rhyme
Toy and movable books
Picture books
San Francisco : Chronicle Books [2023]
Main Author
Sherri Duskey Rinker (author)
Other Authors
AG Ford (illustrator)
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
Ages 3 to 5.
Grades K-1.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

For young children enthralled by building and maintenance vehicles, construction sites and airports offer good opportunities for observation. Rinker combines the two in this addition to her Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series, which shows an airport expansion project in progress while the airport remains open. The construction vehicles' day begins with Excavator digging an enormous hole for the foundation and Loader transferring the dirt to Dump Truck, who hauls it away. Meanwhile, after a jet lands, Belt Loader moves passengers' suitcases down to wheeled carts and Tractor tows them away. A snowstorm? No problem! "Construction trucks then lend a hand / so ground crew trucks can work as planned." Rinker's rhymed verse keeps a steady rhythm; the simple story unfolds with just enough information for young listeners. Using wax oil crayons, Ford captures the look of Lichtenheld's art for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (2011), the first book in the series, while creating nicely composed scenes featuring vehicles with expressive faces, important jobs, and a community of likeminded colleagues. A solid addition to a perennially popular series.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2--The "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" crew is back to work, this time at the airport, but a traffic jam delays them. The congestion is the moving force for their project; the airport and surrounding roads need to be expanded, helping planes depart and arrive on schedule. The usual suspects get right to it. Excavator digs, Loader fills, Dump Truck hauls, Bulldozer clears, and Cement Mixer pours. The airport employs their own fleet of vehicles, which dutifully facilitate prompt flights. Rubber Removal Machine buffs tire marks from the landing strip, Belt Loader transfers luggage onto planes, and Hydrant Dispenser tops off the planes' fuel tanks. When an unexpected snowstorm hits the airport, which vehicles will roll into action to ensure flights stay on schedule? Rinker does not depart from the expected coupled rhyming structure characteristic of the series and offers detailed explanation of the steps the anthropomorphic vehicles follow to complete the airport expansion. Ford's bright, wax oil pastels are precise and clearly depict the process outlined in the text. VERDICT A story of teamwork, this new arrival will please old and new fans alike.--Emily Brush

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Introducing a new category of working vehicles to appeal to airport enthusiasts. Six construction machines--whom readers may recognize from previous titles in this wildly popular series--wait in a lengthy traffic jam. A huge control tower dominates the landscape, but the airport isn't big enough for its region. The trucks will help build a necessary addition. A clever elevation sketch with white lines indicates exactly where the extension will go and what it will look like. Planes and additional specialized vehicles are shown in an overview, and one by one the construction machines--and readers--meet Rubber Removal Machine, Jumbo Jet, De-icing Truck, and more. Crane Truck comments that Lift Truck enjoys doing similar work: "I see you like to lift things, too!" Although a spring snowstorm that comes out of nowhere results in a lot of extra work ("Snow-Removal Team, let's roll!"), a sudden announcement that the "giant job's COMPLETE" (no overtime or overruns?) may be the only unrealistic element here. All ends in new friendships and hard-earned sleep. Energetic rhymes lift off easily, and bright, detailed illustrations personalizing the vehicles connect to those in earlier volumes. This series' booming construction industry shows no signs of a slowdown. (This book was reviewed digitally.) While firmly grounded, this book will send many small fans soaring. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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