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My kids, 2 girls (4 and 5 years old) and a boy (3 years old) are OBSESSED with the Stinky and Dirty Show and everything construction related. So when I needed a new bedtime book to change things up a bit, I knew this would be just the one. Now it's the only book they want read to them. The pictures are cute and cozy and my son loves to assign the names from the Stinky and Dirty Show to each truck as I read.
That said, although I'm no poet or master writer, I'm giving the book 4 stars instead of 5 because I'm the one who has to read it to the kids and I have to say - I don't think the wording flows very well in a couple of places. But other than that, cute little book for my kids.
Oh, I should add that I love the large size and hard cover! Makes it easy to find and harder for my toddler to destroy!
It took my toddler some time to warm up to this book, but now she likes it (definitely not a favorite, but in the rotation). We bought it with several other 'goodnight'-type books for bedtime. After like 3 months of reading it, it struck me that all the construction trucks are 'he/him', for no real reason. Why couldn't the dump truck or excavator be a she? Bugged me on principle. We change the pronouns around now when we read.
Like other reviewers, I wish they would make a new edition of this book and change it to have a couple girl trucks. Seriously they say he/him at least 50 times in this short story.
Great book otherwise. It is one of our kid's top favorites. On the longer side for a board book, which is great. Our kid even growls now whenever they see certain construction trucks and asks for it to be read to all the time. I hear the other books have girl trucks, I'll probably be picking those up soon too.
Okay I really enjoy reading this book, but I have to agree with some of the other reviewers about making ALL the vehicles male. Whether this is a boy or girl reading this book i think it would be beneficial to make at least some of the characters female to better represent all people. Aside from that I love the wording and it really is a fun read.
My just turned two year old loves this book and so do I! The only complaint I have is that it is just the tiniest bit too long. Each construction vehicle gets two pages of story when I feel it should probably be one. The tone and timbre of the book is very relaxing and great for bedtime, but it’s offset a bit by the fact that little ones get kind of antsy toward the end. It may not be as big a problem for older kids, though.
It got good rhymes and a "storyline" (the bedtime routine of each construction truck). But a bit too long for younger toddlers. L.O. doesn't seem to be attracted to this style of illustrations and always gets distracted half way through the book. That makes me feel that I paid too much for the book.
My kid loves this series and enjoys learning about all the different trucks. It's one of her favorite books. My only complaint is that the text is super tiny. I feel like I always have to squint to read this book.
Awesome illustrations and very good content too. The construction vehicles are so cute and personable, and my toddler boy loves pointing at them, shouting “mixer,” “bulldozer.” It may be a little early for him to follow the rhymes but I am sure he will appreciate them soonish.