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|Bedtime for Little Bulldozer|
Author: Broach, Elise
A young bulldozer struggles to fall asleep.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS–Imagine How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? with a bulldozer instead of dinosaurs and you've got the gist of this book. Ah, but what a fun and funny ride it is! Little Bulldozer's father not only helps him brush his teeth, an endeavor that involves a push broom toothbrush, but also checks his fluid levels. His mother reads him a story and helps him with his bath. But when Little Bulldozer is all tucked into bed under his tool patterned blanket, he isn't sleepy at all. First he accidentally flips over the bed while checking underneath it. Crash! Then while reading his favorite story (with headlights instead of a flashlight) to his stuffed animals, he gets excited (it was a really good story) and honks his horn a few times, loudly. His parents repeatedly admonish him to go to sleep, offering him a cup of oil to quench his thirst. But it's all to no avail as Little B next attempts to see what his parents are doing and falls down the stairs in a cartoonlike fashion: "They weren't as happy to see him as he'd hoped." Back in bed again, a tired but lonely Little B scoops up his stuffed animals, trundles down the hall to his sisters' room, and finally falls asleep in a cozy nest on the floor. Jackson's hilarious illustrations are a perfect complement to Broach's text. Various visual points of view and dynamic text placement move the narrative along. VERDICT A traditional not-ready-for bedtime story with heavy machinery, which takes it to another level. A solid purchase for most libraries.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2019 Before Little Bulldozer goes to bed, his human parents lead him through his bedtime routine, which includes story time, bath time, and teeth brushing. These typical rituals are amusingly adjusted to accommodate a quite-large Little Bulldozer in place of a small child: Mom needs a helmet and hose to bathe her little machine. Unfortunately, when bedtime comes at last, Little Bulldozer can’t fall asleep. One distraction after another keeps him up, much to his parents’ dismay, until finally he finds a cozy spot in his sisters’ (a steamroller and a digger) bedroom, where he falls asleep “to the hum of his own engine.” While Little Bulldozer is disarming in his cuteness, the illustrations, designed with pencil and Photoshop, have a deep purplish palette, which gives a dark, almost creepy feel to the nighttime story (further augmented by the family portraits of human bodies topped with tiny construction-equipment heads). Still, this is a fun premise that many kids—and parents—will relate to. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.