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When Nicky the rabbit awakens from a nightmare, his mother is right there to cut his fears down to size. Valeri Gorbachev's adorable illustrations turn Nicky's scary night into a rollicking, reassuring bedtime book that is just right for restless sleepers. Full color.

Nicky the rabbit has a bad dream about being chased by lots of hungry wolves, but his mother has a solution to his distress.

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Overview

When Nicky the rabbit awakens from a nightmare, his mother is right there to cut his fears down to size. Valeri Gorbachev's adorable illustrations turn Nicky's scary night into a rollicking, reassuring bedtime book that is just right for restless sleepers. Full color.

Nicky the rabbit has a bad dream about being chased by lots of hungry wolves, but his mother has a solution to his distress.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Scary dreams are the subject herea common theme, but Gorbachev (So Much in Common) enlivens it with particularly droll illustrations. Nicky is a very small bunny with a very big imagination, as he proves when he awakens one night from a bad dream. His mother rushes in, and the four siblings with whom he shares his bed hang on his every word as he recounts his nightmare. Gorbachev does not spread Nicky's fright to readersNicky's dreams are relayed through a series of raffish pictures (e.g., a green-pajama-clad bunny alone in a small rowboat with a ship full of wolf-pirates bearing down on him; a bunny on foot, fleeing a gang of wolf-bikers in black leather). Mother Bunny is unimpressed ("A hundred wolves? Are you sure?"), and the air visibly leaks out of Nicky's fears ("Maybe it was fifty")but not before he's managed to petrify his brothers and sisters. Whether depicting the wolves in their many diverting incarnations, or five bunnies in bed, eyes squeezed tightly shut, mouths wide open as they holler for their mother, Gorbachev wrings every last ounce of humor from the action. The busy lines of the pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations whisk across the pages, underscoring the lighthearted mood that hums beneath the surface of both text and artworkeven the wolves are more frolicsome than fierce. Invested with a fresh, friendly sensibility, this picture book will keep little ones coming back for more. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Nicky, a young rabbit, has just been tucked into bed with his four siblings when he suddenly awakes, and yells for his mother. When mother rabbit comes to check, Nicky exclaims that 100 wolves are chasing him. Mother rabbit realizes that Nicky has had a bad dream. She comforts him, and gets Nicky to admit that, well, maybe only five were chasing him. She tucks everyone in, again, and turns out the light. Soon, all five siblings have imagined the wolves with hungry fangs are right outside the window. They yell for their mother, and being a wise one, she takes a broom outside and pretends to scare those bad wolves away. At last, everyone is snuggled fast asleep, again, with mother right in the middle. Charmingly illustrated, this book will become a favorite one for a goodnight read.
Kirkus Reviews
Gorbachev's nighttime tale, with its warm, Richard ScarryĆ¾like illustrations, has an undeniably familiar feel to it: The demons of the night are sent packing by a loving parent. Nicky, tucked in among his four rabbit siblings, has a nightmare: Wolves are after him. First he believes he dreamed of a hundred wolves, but gentle queries from his mother make him reconsider his numbers. "A hundred wolves?" said Mother. "Are you sure?" She soothes him, but as soon as she douses the light, the wolves are back, wholesale, for each and every little rabbit. Their chorus of "Help!" sends her outside with a broom, where she vanquishes the wolf pack permanently, then promptly hops into bed with her children. Sweet dreams, and welcome to the family bed. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558589179
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev is the author and illustrator of a number of children's books, both in the United States and Europe, including Nicky And The Big Bad Wolves and Where is the Apple Pie? Mr. Gorbachev immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine in 1991 and now lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    Don't judge a book by it's cover!

    While at the store purchasing this book for my daughter, I caught a good deal resistance from my wife, sister in law and others who had only glanced at the pictures...Guess which book is now my daughters favorite? Every night before bed it's the one she wants (and she has many to choose from). She's 28 months old and has had it for the last 4 months...still going stong...and now recites each line of the book as we read together. Simple thought out text, great illustrations, and good deal of fun.

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