From Publishers Weekly
Zwerger's exquisite artwork lights up the pages of this gentle cautionary tale by a 19th-century German writer. Hobbin, a demanding lad, loves to be on the go. Ensconced in a movable crib, he wears out his poor mother with his constant cries of "Wheel me!" One night Hobbins is delighted to discover that he can propel himself by hoisting his nightshirt like a sail, and, in the company of the kind old moon, exits the house and flits through town, forest and sky. But he doesn't know when enough is enough, and so the sun decides for him, bringing the fun to an unexpected end. It's a delightful bit of nonsense, smoothly told and lustrously illustrated with insets and whimsically bordered full-page art. Zwerger's restrained use of color and delicacy of line perfectly mirrors the tale's fantastical elements. This may well be Zwerger's best work to date. Ages 5-8.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K?This odd cautionary tale written in 1849 has been abbreviated and illustrated. Hobbin, a fearless, demanding little boy, is unable to get his fill of being wheeled around in his crib. He makes a sail out of his nightshirt when his mother falls asleep and rolls up the walls and over the ceiling, up a moonbeam, through the keyhole, up and down the nighttime streets, through the dark forest, "...over the moors to the world's end, and straight on into the sky." When the moon and stars disappear, the sun throws the boy into the sea, where his small bed sinks: "...that's when you and I came to the rescue and picked up little Hobbin in our boat. If we hadn't saved him, he might well have drowned." Zwerger's soft paintings reflect the dreamlike quality of the story. While this fantastic bedtime tale might cause some children to chuckle, it lacks the substance and charm of Nancy Willard's Nightgown of the Sullen Moon (Harcourt, 1983) and the delightful detail of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen (HarperCollins, 1970), both of which have less text per page and more illustrations.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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