What Wonders Do You See… When You Dream?
I very, very much enjoyed this delightful bedtime tale, superbly illustrated by Liuba Syrotiuk. The writing style, often simple but always very, very visual, works perfectly for a picture book of this nature. Pacing is also excellent, the paragraphs never overly long, perfect for a restless child at bedtime.
There was so much to enjoy here, whether it be the wonderfully playful language – big wow words such as ‘SLUMBEROUS!’ and words like ‘wriggle’, ‘giggle’ and ‘sniggle’ – or the very clever way the story tells the child, ‘sleep can be a big adventure too’. Also, the rhythm of the story is almost spot on, a very important aspect of a rhyming picture book.
Now to the pics. They are, to be totally honest, superb. For my daughter (who also read the book), they were the best part of the book. Yes, she enjoyed the story, characters and settings, but it was the colourful, even delightful drawings that kept her interest. There are plenty too, and they, along with the lightly written story, kept her enthralled all evening.
So, who would I recommend this book to? I would think any parent who is looking for a lightly written, fun-filled, bedtime story for children aged 4 – 7 would find this fits the bill perfectly. Particularly if the child finds it difficult to go to sleep. After enjoying this book, the child just might want to!!!
I always like to end with what I liked the best. For me, it was this: Don’t forget those teeth: brush, brush, brush! Then, tell the house to “hush, hush, hush.”
To Sum Up: Colorful with plenty happening to keep any child amused, this might prove very, very popular at bedtime. Wonderful stuff!
A wonderfully fun story, perfect for kids who simply don’t want to go to bed. Highly recommended.