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Good Night Engines Hardcover – October 20, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 2-In this imaginative bedtime story, a little boy is putting his toy cars, trucks, train, and plane away for the night. As he guides the train along the windowsill one last time, a real one "thunders down the line" and quietly comes to rest. He brings his vehicles into safe quarters just as the neighborhood autos arrive at their carports. On the final page, the child sleeps in his bed, cradling a red toy car, his engine spent. Told in rhyme, the story is as smooth and easy as a familiar lullaby: "Wheels on runway in a rush./Grinding. Stopping. Resting./Hush." Iwai's acrylic, full-page spreads match the quiet text. Dominant colors reflect the shifting light, so that the pinks and oranges of the early pages give way to deeper purples and blues by book's end. The perspective changes not only from the boy's room to the outside world, but also from the scale of his playthings to the objects beyond. Children will relate to this depiction of this end-of-day ritual, and the book is sure to appeal to kids who love big rigs.
Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI
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PreS. In her first picture book, Mortensen tells a very simple, rhyming goodnight story for toddler truck-and-engine lovers who must turn off their toy motors, switch off their lights, and go to sleep. The few words and Iwai's big, dramatic, double-page acrylic paintings connect the child's play on his bedroom floor with the exciting, cars, rigs, fire engines, and jet planes that roar outside his window. Both the real machines and the toys must stop and "park" in the "almost dark." The unforced rhyme beautifully expresses both the rush of the wheels and then the hush as they come "Grinding. Stopping. Resting." Like the big rigs coming into the truck stop, the boy rolls off to bed. His sister kisses him good night, and he falls asleep with a truck in his hand. Pair this with Margaret Wise Brown's classic Good Night, Moon. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618135375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618135370
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Denise Dowling Mortensen is the award-winning author of Good Night Engines, Wake Up Engines, a combination flip book of both Good Night Engines/Wake Up Engines, Ohio Thunder, Bug Patrol, and the forthcoming Buenas Noches Motores/Good Night Engines, all published by Clarion Books/HMHCo. When she is not writing, she works as a special education assistant and teaches writing and knitting to elementary students after school. She also mentors aspiring children's authors and is a council member for the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature. She is the mother of five children and lives in New Jersey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The lyrical and melodic writing in this book is very appealing to small children - not to mention the beautiful illustrations. It's an ideal book for helping to soothe 'revved' engines at bedtime!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book for little children that will help them make the transition from their busy play time to settling for the night in a tranquil and soothing manner. The words and pictures work well in portraying the winding down of all sorts of engines, both mechanical and internal! Reading this to their children will also help Mom and Dad leave the work-a-day world behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on March 18, 2008
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My son is 23 months old and just loves this book! Since he learned how to walk, he stopped sitting on my lap to read his bedtime stories and would motor around the room as I read his book. However, we started reading this book a month or so ago and he now wants to be on my lap again:) He enjoys the story (rhyming words with a nice rhythm that catch his attention) and just loves the pictures! He especially likes the two pages with fire trucks on them. My son is on the go the entire day and has a short attention span, but this book makes him slow down and sit with me! Great book! I'm going to buy WAKE UP ENGINES next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a delightful new book! This is a beautifully written book with a gentle lyrical quality that makes it a pleasure for the reader and the listener alike. As a mother of two toddlers, reading Good Night Engines is a smooth transition to bedtime. I save it for last and always hear "Again, Mommy" which is fine with me. The illustrations are lovely also. I just wish the publisher would release this in a board book which would hold up better to all the wear and tear our copy is likely to receive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen de Lenclos on October 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated! The perfect bedtime book to read when putting down your "little engines" for the night. A great gift for parents who need sleep!
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This is a great book and my son loves it. It has to go back to the library soon, so I decided to get it for the Kindle app on my iPad. It claimed to be optimized for this device, but it shows each page individually, even though the artwork goes across two facing pages. This version includes a picture which does knit the two images together, but it is stuck awkwardly on top of the left-side page, squashing it down and making the layout even more awkward in landscape view. Really poorly done, amazon.
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