Bookshelf: October 2008
The Night Worker
by Kate Banks
art by Georg Hallensleben
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000
Every night, Alex says “Take me with you” to his father, an engineer who works the graveyard shift. Then, one night, his father agrees. Alex visits a city construction site, where he watches workers use heavy machinery to dig a foundation and even gets to help drive a digger himself. The simple, lyrical text and thick-lined paintings capture the dreamy, surreal feel of being awake while the city sleeps.