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. 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 another 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. 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. com Exclusive Essay: From the Slush Pile to #1: Realizing My Vision. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a career in design, and how another artist brought her vision to life.
Inspired, I wanted to become an artist. words ended getting a profession as a graphic designer. I also wanted to be a poet, an art teacher, and a journalist. It was a perfect fit: I took images and words and put them together in a pretty way. The ping-pong ball of art vs.
I met an artist, a photographer. We had two boys and two very good excuses for buying dozens (and dozens) of picture books. He also had grown up with Virginia Burton: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. It was a sign. So I married him.
Inspired by my youngest son's tireless (literally! A bit of realism. Strong, yet simple graphic elements to create the setting. A bit of a grunge to compliment the dirty work of the trucks. And with the words emerged a vision (dare I say"obsession ") for how the book and my trucks would look. I could see it so clearly: realistic illustrations of trucks superimposed with facial expressions to convey the mood and create the characters.) 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 included the concept illustration with my manuscript and sent it, unsolicited, to Chronicle Books.
Among the causes that Chronicle was the first (and ultimately only) publisher on my list was that I LOVE their picture books. I chose trust--with a big dash of fear. So, I had a choice here: trust, or walk away. I appreciate their beauty and high production values.
My editor asked if I had any concepts for illustrators.) I'm pretty specific she ignored me. (Who? And, they chose Tom Lichtenheld. I sent her a dozen names and on the web portfolios.
When I told my editor that I'd never heard of Tom, she quickly emailed several examples. Rabbit! The 1st was from Tom's NYT best-selling book, Duck! I stared blankly at the screen, feeling my heart sink. I was stunned to see bold, straightforward shapes and thickly-outlined illustrations.
I spent the next couple of months intently focused on the procedure of editing and developing the final manuscript. What had I presented up? But it was often there, inside the back of my mind: What would the book appear like?
I wrote back:"I'm scared. I'll pour a glass of wine and after that appear at it."
I held my breath and double-clicked. I was won over. 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: absolutely nothing like I imagined. I've come to learn that a number from the best things in life--like marriage and motherhood--are like that. But it was better.
And I could practically feel Mrs. Burton smiling down. Rabbit! 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! Lichtenheld's initial sketch of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
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