Saturday, May 14, 2011

My dear friend published!

My dear friend Sherri, 
who was by my side the day my son was born,
(18 years ago yesterday to be exact),
has written a children's book!

So exciting I had to blog about it. 

Goodnight, Goodnight,
Construction Site

Sherri and her husband have two boys 
who have always been
in love with with trucks and construction machinery.
My friend noticed that there weren't many books out there
written for children on this subject.

So she wrote a story.
Now it's a published book!
(So proud of her.)

With adorable illustrations
by well-known artist Tom Lichtenheld,
this sweet bedtime story 
 will endear your little ones' hearts.

 Sherri's book is featured right now on
the cover of Publisher's Weekly.

Here is a little quote 
from Sherri on the book:

As our youngest son grew more-and-more enamored 
with trucks, our nightly  "thank-you prayers"  grew into endlessly long lists, naming every construction vehicle he'd ever seen. And, of course, in naming and thinking about all of those big, powerful trucks, our little boy was even LESS likely to settle down than before! So, together, we began to imagine how hard those mighty trucks had worked all day and how, right at that very moment, they were probably slowing down, turning off their engines and going to sleep, too. 
It occurred to me that this might make a good (and needed!) idea for a children's book for 
little truck enthusiasts 
(and their exhausted parents) everywhere. 
And thus, this journey began…

Apparently, she has successfully filled
that void I mentioned because her book,
 "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site"
is selling like crazy.

So, if you know of a little boy or girl
that adores trucks, 
I highly recommend this book! 
(Now available on Amazon.)

Just goes to show....
if you put your mind to it,
you can make things happen.

Sherri Duskey Rinker

Congratulations, Sherri!
You are an inspiration to all of us.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Published by Chronicle Books
Copyright 2011


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How cute and happy birthday to your son!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats to your friend. The book looks darling. Ironically enough this is what my husband and I did for a living for almost 33 years of our marriage. If his illness' hadn't taken over he would still be playing in the dirt. I'm heading over to check out the link. hugs ~lynne~

Cindy said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! Looks like a darling book...congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous book!!! I'm going to get a couple copies to give to some of my friend's little boys!! Congrats to your friend getting published too! I'm sure that took a lot of hard work and effort besides just writing the book! Illustrations are perfect, too!

Kathy said...

Hey I ordered this for my grandson Matthew Man, he will love it!

Olive Cooper said...

What a fabulous idea that came to reality. ♥olive

p.s. I made your goat cheese/red pepper dip last week and we loved it.

Sarah said...

Alison, thank you for sharing this great news. I'll send a copy to my nephew's little boys immediately. ;-)
Clever topic! ~ sarah

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, how wonderful! I love the title too. My grandson would probably love this!

Kellie said...

Thanks for sharing your literary friend with us!

I'd love to get an autographed copy for my construction crazy boys.

Emily said...

hi Alison, Congratulations to your friend, this is a huge accomplishment! I'll be sure to buy a copy for my little grandson having his first birthday party when he turns three next month. Just the age where he is in love with machinery and trucks....Perfect!

The French Hutch

A Hint of Home said...

Congratulation to Sherri! That's quite an accomplishment. I wish her much success!

Anonymous said...

Alison, my Google alert found this! I'm so touched by your kind words! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Love always,

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a nice friend you are...I just love children's books and this is a gem. When my kids were little, no matter how tired I was at the end of the day, I tried to read to them before bedtime. Many nights it was just a few minutes but I think it had the desired effect...both of them love books and read all the time. I just might order this book and keep it until I have grandchildren...but who knows when that will be! Thanks for sharing your friend. Happy Sunday, Ann

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hello friends,

Thanks for your sweet comments
on Sherri's book!

Kellie, I will see what I can do to get you an autographed copy. Will check and will email you directly!


Karen said...

Congratulations to your friend, I love the illustrations!

the song on your playlist is one of my favorites.

Janette@the2Seasons said...

There is such a need for these books. My son, who is now 34!!, was obsessed with any books about trucks, tractors, bulldozers, etc when he was little. Some days we had to hide those books so he would let us read something else to him. I think your friend has made a wise move writing about this subject. Good luck to her! And by the way, our son is still an avid reader and devours books about everything - thank goodness.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...


I have a response for you regarding a signed copy but cannot connect to you -- no link with your comment name?

If anyone knows how I can connect with Kellie who commented above, please let me know!

Thanks so much,

CHERI said...

Congrats to your friend. I have always wanted to write a children's book but never knew how to even get started...maybe one day:) Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I do hope you'll visit again soon. Now I'm off to read your blog...your header is lovely. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to that 18 year old son:)

Babs said...

Alison, Congratulations to your friend, Sherri, and what a darling book. I'm going to get one for my three year old grandson. He'll love it.
Hope you have a good week,

SavannahGranny said...

Sherrie, Congrats on the book. It rocks, ummmm, it digs. Alison, you are a special friend for promoting your friend. Thanks for the heads up on this soon to be classic children's book. Hugs, Ginger

Dayle said...

Awesome! Congratulations to your friend on this wonderful achievement.

Kellie said...

Thanks Alison for checking...I'll attempt to e-mail you directly.