Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Night Worker

The Night Worker

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben

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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.

Charlotte Zolotow Award (Univ. of WI), Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, ALA Notable Children's Books, Booklist Editors' Choice, Charlotte Zolotow Award (University of Wisconsin), NYPLC Children's Books 100, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Praise for The Night Worker

“[A] sublime evening story . . . Banks' elegant, simple words and poetic images and rhythms evoke the book's exciting activity . . . Hallensleben's paintings extend the story's balance of exhilarating intensity and reassuring calm . . . A lovely, affecting portrait of a father and son and of the night world.” —Starred, Booklist

“The pictured warmth of the father-son relationship combines with restrained yet poetic text to make this ‘take your son to work night' a special one indeed.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A mesmerizing description of a busy nighttime realm, illuminated by blazing headlights and framed by silent skyscrapers.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben

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.

Kate Banks

Georg Hallensleben

Georg Hallensleben

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