The Night Worker by Kate Banks

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Going to the job site with Dad

When darkness falls and bedtime comes, Papa tucks Alex in, then puts on his hard hat and goes to work. Papa is an engineer who works at night. "Take me with you," Alex says. "Not tonight," says Papa. But one night Papa has a surprise -- a hard hat for Alex! He takes Alex with him to the construction site, where excavators rumble and cement mixers hum. As his dream comes true, Alex gets to be a night worker just like Papa. Kate Banks's evocative text and Georg Hallensleben's colorful paintings combine to make a unique bedtime book that will delight all children, especially those who are fascinated by big machines. The Night Worker is a 2001 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Kate Banks

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Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Baboon, and Close Your Eyes. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris.
 
Published August 28, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They see other night workers—street sweeper, deliveryman, policewoman—as they head for the site, where “stars shine like beacons for the night workers.” Alex waves back at the giant, airborne arm of an excavator, hears a cement mixer hum as it pours foundation concrete, watches a crane move its h...

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Unlike Eileen Spinelli and Melissa Iwai's Night Shift Daddy (Children's Forecasts, May 8), in which a father works while his daughter rests, this account features a boy who accompanies his engineer father to an urban construction site: ""And while Mama sleeps, Alex and Papa head quietly into the ...

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