This picture book for the very young introduces Northland creatures imagining what their wildest dreams might be as they bed down for the night. Such an approach, contrasting the animals' realistic last waking moments with their wild and silly dreams, is sure to delight young children as they get ready for happy, silly dreams themselves. They will laugh at the skiing lynx, the musk ox at the beauty parlor, the loon rock star, and the walrus in her frilly pink tutu. Occasionally the rhyme is contrived, such as "nice bed of ice in the sea" rhyming with "zigzagging stripes and paisley," or the meter is off, such as "A caribou's cozy on cold winter nights after nibbling on lichen and moss," followed by, "You know that he's dreaming about plates of spaghetti covered with dark chocolate sauce." Still, these nuances are unlikely to bother youngsters to whom the book is read. The illustrations are warm, sweet, and engaging, and the book ends with a mother tucking in her young child and giving assurances that sleep will bring wondrous surprises. 2004, Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Ages 3 to 6.
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PreS-Gr 1-This bedtime confection presents several arctic animals and raises the question: "Do they dream like you do? Imagine it's true./Let's see what dream secrets they keep." Each spread shows a sleeping creature with the rhyming text wrapped around it. On the opposite page, the animal's "dream secrets" are depicted. For example, a lynx dreams about skiing, a poodle imagines running in the Iditarod, a musk ox visits a hair salon, and a loon becomes a rock star. The story ends with a mother tucking her child into bed with his stuffed polar bear and explaining, "With each sleep comes a wondrous surprise." The artwork is pleasant, yet the style is uneven. Some dream illustrations have a surreal quality while others are more realistic but lack dimension. Another inconsistency is a poodle among native arctic animals. This book would be suitable for large collections where there is a high demand for sweet bedtime tales. The calm repetitiveness of the slightly silly text and the subdued illustrations would surely help young ones fall asleep.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.