Publishers WeeklyA sleepy boy witnesses a fairy-filled wonderland in Wahl's (Three Pandas) paean to the imagination. "Sudden yellow moon Splashing on the floor Rub your eyes Whispers from the door!" With that, the boy climbs out of bed. Weevers's (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) twilight palette of lavender, light green and inky black lends an air of mystery as the child, dressed in pajamas and carrying a teddy bear, stands on the edge of a magical grove of trees. A full-bleed illustration of the woods dominates one side of the spread, then fades into white space. Led by the light of fireflies, succeeding spreads show "elf folk" with intricate dragonfly wings, gliding on the backs of crickets and riding a rat through sinewy grass to a midnight party amongst the toadstools. But the creatures must leave by daybreak. So must the boy: "Now dry your feet Climb back in bed You know you were there Sleepyhead." Despite a somewhat stilted rhyme scheme, Wahl's narrative effectively blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Ages 3-8 (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureBrief rhymes filled with magic call a young child out of his bed at night to see the elf world at play. Riding crickets and dancing around toadstools under the moon and stars, the elves disappear at the owl's warning; our hero wakes up in his bed, back from his dream world. Weevers's fuzzily drawn, delicately colored watercolor scenes with washes of turquoise and deeper blues shape the "dark oak trees" and all the fairy folk across the pages. These are characters out of the Victorian storybook tradition, with the appeal of another world. 2002, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner, $15.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-A pajama-clad boy enters a moonlit forest for peeks at cavorting fairies. The adventure's rhyme suffers from sections with varying meter, inactive verbs, and odd phrases ("Elves can never Live by day") that halt the magic. Although Wahl's wording is not always literally depicted, Weevers's watercolors employ an ideal palette dominated by dusky blues, lavender, and greens. Mystical panoramas of rosy-cheeked, willowy sprites playing various instruments; dancing; or riding bats, crickets, and mice are balanced by single-page vignettes faced by text pages with drifting stars. Tuck this into a bedtime storyhour for its visual appeal.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsA minor nighttime tale, with an excellent opening line, doesn't hold its magic. "Sudden yellow moon / Splashing on the floor" shows a young boy rubbing his eyes, sitting up in bed under a brightly patterned quilt. The wind and magic call to him, and, barefoot, he and his bear wander into the moonlit night. Trees and grasses are the playground for a plethora of elves: some winged, some not, riding grasshopper or mouse steeds, or flying with the fireflies. The rhyme continues, describing the elves' romp, until they are scattered by an owl's scolding. The boy climbs back into his quilted bed, very awake indeed. The illustrations have some of the spiderweb and gossamer quality of Rackham without the depth and mystery; the verse occasionally clunks. The starry images and veteran author Wahl's (Mabel Ran Away with the Toys, not reviewed, etc.) dreamy sensibility, however, make this an adequate addition to the bedtime shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)
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