Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Night Shift / by Jessie Hartland


Title:  Night Shift
Author and Illustrator:  Jessie Hartland
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN:   1-59990-138-2
Year:  2007
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.7

Concepts:  jobs, human resources, capital resources

Review:  Children often find guessing games a source of amusement, and night-time activities a source of intrigue.  Night Shift has a good dose of both, with fascinating job descriptions linked together across the pages.  Over the course of a single night that progressively moves towards daybreak, the reader meets people who work in a variety of occupations. Each worker somehow bumps into the next as the reader turns the page to guess which job it will be. Colorful illustrations and the upbeat prose enhance the book’s appeal. Parents and teachers will find Night Shift a valuable tool for teaching children about human resources and different types of employment.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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