Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Today, we have the honor of revealing the cover of a follow-up to one our favorite books of 2016, RACE CAR DREAMS by Sharon Chriscoe.

Make way for BULLDOZER DREAMS (illustrated by John Joven), coming October 3, 2017 from Running Press!

Sharon stopped by the Cottage to tell us a bit more about the book — and generously offered a signed copy of RACE CAR DREAMS, to one lucky reader!

Leave a comment below to enter to win. Winner will be announced next week!

What it's all about...
“After a day at the construction site, pushing and piling dirt, a bulldozer is tired and ready for sleep. He scrubs clean his track, sips up some supper, and chooses a book to read with his cone. Underneath the stars, he drifts off to sleep, he lowers his blade . . . and dreams of finishing his important work!”

My favorite line(s)…
Of course, as the author of each line, I love them all. But I think my favorite lines are “He pulls in the station, sipping each slurp. His belly pan swells, and up comes a burp.” The idea of a bulldozer’s belly pan swelling until he lets out a burp is simply hilarious. And the illustration for those lines is equally funny and cute.

A sneak peek inside the book...

(c) 2017 John Joven;  from Bulldozer Dreams published by Running Press

Why kids will love it…
Kids will love how bulldozer is just like a kid. From his friendly smile to his funny burps and sleepy yawns, kids will understand that even bulldozers need a little shut eye.

Why grown-ups will love it…
Grown-ups will love the gentle, rhythmic text and vivid illustrations as they snuggle with their little ones to enjoy this special bedtime story.

Sharon Chriscoe never saw a bulldozer clearing the way for a new playground, but she did enjoy doing a little dozing of her own in the sandbox. She is the author of Race Car Dreams and forthcoming Fire Truck Dreams, both illustrated by Dave Mottram, and The Sparrow and the Trees, illustrated by Susan Detwiler. Sharon and her husband live in Pilot Mountain, NC. They have three children and one grandchild, and a large variety of pets. In addition to her books, she has been published in Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, The Old Farmers Almanac for Kids, The Mailbox, and more. She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. Please visit her online at sharonchriscoebooks.com.

Pre-order Bulldozer Dreams online.
At an indie book store near you. 

Comment below to enter to win a signed copy of Race Car Dreams, race flag swag and bookmark! 

Race Car Dreams
by Sharon Chriscoe
illustrated by Dave Mottram
(Running Press, 2016)

"The story unfolds in rhythmic four-line stanzas and is composed with a calm, soothing tone that makes this perfect for reading aloud before bed. Largely bathed in a cool nighttime palette of greens, blues, and violets, Mottram's colorful cartoon illustrations bring charming expressions to anthropomorphized vehicles and tools. VERDICT This sweet bedtime offering is ideal for vehicle and auto-racing enthusiasts." School Library Journal

"Chriscoe's crisply rhyming text is enlivened by lots of punny expressions and colorful language...All in all, clever, bouncy fun." —Kirkus


  1. Such a cute cover, Sharon! Congratulations!

  2. Really looking forward to this! As a mom of a 5 year-old boy, these are the best kind of stories! Thank you for a chance to win Race Car Dreams!

  3. Love the cover and art for Bulldozer Dreams! Can't wait for its release in October!

  4. Beautiful cover! Can't wait to share this with the little boys in my life. Racecar is a winner and I think Bulldozer will be another favorite. And one little boy is waiting for Firetruck! Half a year is a long time to wait, let alone a whole another year.

  5. Sharon has done it again! Every nursery will need a collection of her 'vehicle dreams' books! John Joven's illustrations are fabulous ---- who could make heavy equipment look cuddly? Well done, Sharon and John!

  6. Another fantastic book in Sharon's vehicle dreams series! And, wow, love the cover!

  7. YAY, Sharon!! What a cute cover! Congrats on the book and also on the great reviews!

  8. How special Sharon! I love the line you shared -- as I have quite the burping young boy in my household. He will love it!

  9. Thank you, everyone! I can't wait to share this little guy with everyone this fall!!

  10. I am so excited for you Sharon! The cover turned out fantastic!
    LOVE it! : )

  11. Sharon is my cp and I'd love a signed copy! It sounds so cute! Congratulations Sharon!

  12. AWWWWWWW! I love it! Congrats, Sharon!!!

  13. Huge congrats, Sharon. Your cover is adorable, and I can't wait to read it.

  14. How fun! Love the idea of choosing a book to read with his cone😊 Made me smile. I have several grandson's that will love this book ❤ Congrats on the series, Sharon.

  15. What a charming and eye-catching cover! This sounds like a great read n reread for a lot of sleepy-eyed kiddos! Can't wait to own my own copy! Congrats!!

    1. Belinda, you are the winner of the signed book giveaway! Hooray! Please email us at littlecrookedcottage@gmail.com with your mailing info! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  16. Another classic, to be sure!

  17. can't wait to read! love race car dreams!

  18. I know some kids who would love both of these books! Congrats, Sharon :)!

  19. What an adorable cover! I'm going to have to introduce my nephew to these books.