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The night worker / Kate Banks ; pictures by Georg Hallensleben.

Banks, Kate, 1960- (Author).
Book Book (2000.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.
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  • ISBN: 0374355207 :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
General Note: "Frances Foster books"
Summary: Alex wants to be a "night worker" like his father who goes to work at a construction site after Alex goes to bed.
Authors: Hallensleben, Georg, (ill.).
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 2000
    /*Starred Review*/ Ages 3^-7. "Night falls. Bedtime comes," and so begins another sublime evening story from the creators of And If the Moon Could Talk (1998). This time, though, instead of imagining dreamy, presleep adventures from under cozy quilts, the story's child steps out into the dark city streets, pushing bedtime back until dawn. Every night, Alex asks to go to work with his father, a construction worker on the late shift. Finally, Papa gives Alex a hard hat, and together they "head quietly into the night." At the site, the machines clang and grind, moving earth and pouring concrete under the starry sky. Alex relishes his chance in a dump truck's cab, pulling the levers--" a night worker, too" --before he returns home to bed while the city wakes. Banks' elegant, simple words and poetic images and rhythms evoke the book's exciting activity and the secure comfort Alex feels with his father. With thick brush strokes and deep, satisfying primary and earth colors, Hallensleben's paintings extend the story's balance of exhilarating intensity and reassuring calm. Young ones will be mesmerized by the beautifully composed scenes of machines at work, and at story's end, they will feel Papa's protective arm around their shoulders as they sink into the warm cozy bed right along with Alex. A lovely, affecting portrait of a father and son and of the night world. ((Reviewed August 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2000 June #4
    Banks and Hallensleben, whose And If the Moon Could Talk prepared children for a calm night's sleep, stay up long past bedtime in this absorbing after-hours exposé. 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 night." For one special evening, Alex wears a small red hard hat to match his father's big yellow one. He stands next to his father as a cement mixer and crane prepare the foundation for a city building. He even rides in a tractor to load dirt into a dump truck, before his father takes him home again. Hallensleben conveys the father and son's mutual pride and affection. Alex observes the workplace with alert brown eyes and a self-possessed half-smile; some compositions allow readers a look over Alex's head and down into the thrilling depths of a subterranean pit. The richly tactile, softly glowing paintings complement the solemn prose. Banks evokes the machinery's awesome strength and noisy engines as well as the quiet at break time: "All motion is stopped like a held breath." A mesmerizing description of a busy nighttime realm, illuminated by blazing headlights and framed by silent skyscrapers. Ages 2-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2000 August
    PreS-Gr 2-The mysterious world of a father's nighttime work is explored in a loving, gentle manner, making it perfect for sharing. Alex's dad is an engineer who goes to work when the rest of the city goes to bed. Donning a hard hat, the boy joins him on the construction site one evening and is fascinated by the cranes, dump trucks, and cement mixers. These machines take on mythic proportions in the darkness: the excavator "sinks its teeth into the earth and lets out a groan like a giant rolling over in bed," a bulldozer "pushes soil into a midnight mountain." The illustrations have an impressionistic quality; bright yellow stars "shine like beacons for the night workers" against the deep blues of the sky.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Banks, Kate. "The night worker." New York : Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.

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