Good Night Engines by Denise Dowling Mortensen

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In this imaginative, inviting bedtime book, lyrical verse tells of various vehicles winding down for the night and "rolling off to bed." On alternate spreads, luminous paintings depict a little boy playing with toy engines in his bedroom as well as life-sized engines in the outside world. The soothing text and large, up-close pictures of trucks, planes, and fire engines, among others, will make this a favorite bedtime story of all toddlers and preschoolers who are fascinated with things that go.

About Denise Dowling Mortensen

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MELISSA IWAI has illustrated many books for children, including Gramps and the Fire Dragon. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family. DENISE DOWLING MORTENSEN is also the author of the picture book Ohio Thunder. She lives in Chatham, New Jersey with her family.
Published October 20, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Playing to kids' perennial fascination with vehicles, this bedtime book—Mortensen's debut—uses truncated rhyming verse to describe how a train, 18-wheel truck, fire engine, etc., slow down at the end of the day: "Jumbo jet plane/ cleared to land./ Downward, roaring/ turbofan./ Wheels on runway in...

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