From School Library Journal
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 RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved