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When the pajama-clad boy in Cowley's (the Mrs. Wishy Washy books) scrupulously detailed bedtime book can't get to sleep, the solution is to board the Bedtime Train, en route to a muted dream landscape: Can you hear it through the wall?/ Hear it coming down the hall? The use of second person makes an exotic trip feel cozy, as does the legion of scarf-wearing penguins appearing on nearly every page. Rhyming couplets accompany the soothing chug of the train as it passes a howling wolf, a growling bear, continuing to Alligator Lake, and then to the realm of dinosaurs. Odone (Honey Badgers) renders images like Bright red popcorn.../ pouring from the gum machine as gently as the rise and fall of the poetic cadence, and his animals show no real claws, given the subdued colors as well as their affable expressions. As the Bedtime Train is engineered by Brad, who looks a bit like your own dad (no mothers or mother stands-in here), the grand effect is more that of roaming through a museum space than a true hinterland, enabling sleep-resistant readers to enjoy the ornate journey without overexuberance or worry about returning safely home. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
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PreSchool-Grade 2—First published as a poem in Highlights magazine (1999), this bouncy text honors fathers who tell bedtime stories. When a young boy can't sleep, the bedtime train is called in, along with an engineer who looks suspiciously like Dad. Accompanied by some penguin friends, they travel down the street, through a wild forest, over Alligator Lake, past a pack of dinosaurs, and into ice and snow, where they become lost, until the youngster takes charge and returns them home. With heavy Sendak influence, the pen-and-watercolor artwork uses a soft warm palette, rounded lines, and unusual proportions and details to keep everything dreamy. Unfortunately, the crowded illustrations don't enhance the text as much as they make it more nebulous and confusing. Consider this only for larger picture-book collections.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Front Street, Incorporated (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590784936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590784938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 12.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 3 year old loves the Mrs. Wishy Washy books and I don't mind reading them over and over. This book is for a slightly older reader so I hope it will become a favorite in a couple of years.
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