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Children's LiteratureThis 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.