Where Is the Night Train Going?

Where Is the Night Train Going?

by Eileen Spinelli, Cyd Moore, Cyd Moore

Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although its title seems to promise moon-kissed metaphors and dreamy rhythms, this collection of lilting verse ventures far beyond its stated theme. It's difficult, for example, to see what a poem about soaring "on borrowed wings/ of Poetry" or another about feeling the "tickle" in a field of goldenrod has to do with bedtime. Among poems dedicated to bedtime and slumber, "Counting Sheep to Get to Sleep" describes rambunctious sheep ("The next time I can't get to sleep/ I'll try warm milk") and "I Don't Believe in Bigfoot" is about not yielding to scary nighttime monsters ("I'm hoping with my fingers crossed/ They don't believe in me"). Spinelli's (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) poems are by turn contemplative, funny and sweet, all couched in language easily accessible to her audience. Populated by Mercer Mayer-type children and grinning animals, Moore's (Songs of Summer) colored pencil and watercolor illustrations offer few surprises in an otherwise pleasant volume. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Marla Frenzel
Bright, lively watercolor drawings by Cyd Moore accompany each poem, lending a child's-eye view of the nighttime world. Kids explore the wonders of the night in a light-filled, nonthreatening manner. "I Don't Believe In Bigfoot" suggests a way of dispelling all the monsters of the night.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-From "I'd Rather Sleep at the Zoo" ("What could be worse/Than a lion who roars?/What could be worse-/A brother who snores!") to "August Bedtime" ("Back-porch hammock/Soft and deep/Sways me into/Summersleep"), Spinelli explores the pros and cons of falling asleep. The poems are consistently sweet and gentle, rather than distinguished or splashy. However, it's the combination of words and illustrations, which both sing in the same voice, that makes this book successful. Moore's colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations clarify and extend the poetry. Both express a mild sense of humor and nod lovingly to young children's sensibilities; both are charming and quiet. In age appeal, this title falls between Nancy Larrick's Night of the Whippoorwill (Philomel, 1992; o.p.) and Kay Chorao's Baby's Bedtime Book (Dutton, 1984). John Bierhorst's On the Road of Stars (Macmillan, 1994), Eloise Greenfield's Night on Neighborhood Street (Dial, 1991), and Lee Bennett Hopkins's Still As a Star (Little, 1989) would add more flavor to bedtime poetry collections.-Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
Hazel Rochman
The title poem in this collection is evocative; so is the poem about "Rainy Gray Days." Not all are as rich: in fact, there's barely enough here to make a book, and the vivid illustrations can overwhelm the quieter pieces. Perhaps the best one is "Last Summer," remembering a bumpy ride on the deserted beach.

Product Details

Highlights Press
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli has won numerous awards for her writing, but she also knows what it feels like to have her work criticized. Telling the story of how she became a writer, Eileen says, "In second grade, my teacher, Miss Campbell, read my composition aloud as an example of the worst one handed in. I've been writing ever since." Miss Campbell was not on the panel of judges that gave Eileen the 1990 Magazine Merit Award for fiction from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, nor was she involved in the decision to give the 1991 Christopher Award to Eileen's warm and funny picture book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Eileen also won the 1990 Highlights fiction contest and has had numerous stories and poems published in national magazines. She is the author of numerous books, including Song for the Whooping Crane, Sophie's Masterpiece, and, most recently, Here Comes the Year. Eileen, who enjoys traveling, her herb garden, old movies, flea markets, bookstores, tea parties, screened-in porches, and theater, continues to be hard at work on several book and poetry projects. She lives with her husband in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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