From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Mermaids are sleeping in coral caves and, in that same water, pirates are snoring in their ship. In the trunks below deck, genies dream on sand in their lamps; that sand was also used to build sand castles where sea serpents sleep. The magical world is at rest: unicorns, giants, goblins, and dwarves. Readers discover that under the same moon where fairies are slumbering is a dreaming child. In this bedtime story, it is the illustrations that shine. The palette, while muted, is still lush and full. Collage is used to great effect to create texture; readers will be tempted to run their hands over the pages, hoping to feel the mountains and trees themselves. The full-bleed artwork spreads over two pages; one can almost imagine that the world extends past the confines of the layout. The dreamlike fantasy world is captured expertly. Unfortunately, the text is not as successful; the rhyming pattern is singsongy and the lines are often forced. They combine to make a challenging read-aloud; it is easy to trip over the words and the story becomes muddled and confusing. With stunning artwork like this, it is a shame that the text isn't stronger.-Laura Lutz, Pratt Institute, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
ANN BONWILL is the author of Bug and Bear, Naughty Toes, Pocket's Christmas Wish,
and I Don't Want to Be a Pea
. She lives in Virginia with her husband, their young son, and a crazy Welsh corgi dog named Arthur.
STEVE JOHNSON and LOU FANCHER, a husband-and-wife team, are the illustrators of over 30 books, including: Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets by Kathleen Krull; The Boy on Fairfield Street,
also by Kathleen Krull; My Many Colored Days
by Dr. Seuss; New York's Bravest
by Mary Pope Osborne; and Amazing Peace
by Maya Angelou. Their book with Louis Duncan, I Walk at Night,
was a New York Times
Best Illustrated Book. They are also the recipients of a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.