Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
Destination Dreamland! Hop aboard for a Topsy-turvy ride through Wiggle town, Giggle town and Groggy Grove! Gerald Valério's dazzling and joyously original illustrations, and Melanie Harry's engaging rhymes deliver a trainload of read-along fun to sleepy children, transporting them safely to the land of their dreams.
About the authors
Melanie Harby lives in California with her husband and two sons. She has written lyrics for CDs produced by Walt Disney Records and Warner Bros. Records. This is her first children's book.
Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His many highly acclaimed books include My Book of Birds (described in Booklist as “striking and beautiful”); At the Pond (two starred reviews); Friends (one starred review); Blue Rider (two starred reviews); Turn On the Night (three starred reviews) and The Egg (two starred reviews). His work has been published in many countries, including Canada, the US, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. Geraldo lives in Toronto.
All Aboard for DreamlandImagine the train pulling out of a station. This special convoy is heading towards a rather unusual destination. Its cargo: verse, especially written for drowsy children en route to the land of their dreams. All aboard for a gently rolling journey through colourful station stops with names such as Wiggletown, Zig Zag Hill, Giggletown, Strrrretch, Yawwwwwn, Groggy Grove, Snuggle Cove, and ultimately, Destination Dreamland!
Author Melanie Harby’s poetry begins exuberantly and leads steadily towards a calming and reflective ambience. And so the child, emerging perhaps from a manyfaceted day and listening to All Aboard for Dreamland, begins to enter a state of increasing serenity. “Full steam ahead to Wiggletown/We zoom down Zig Zag Hill...” gradually evolves into “The whistle is a whisper/Floating off into the air...” Harby’s poetry is a celebration of words, descriptive and rolling in its gait. As sleep approaches, so is its advent mirrored in the shades of the unfolding verses. The useage of a variety of fonts and word placement on the pages add to the visual interest, as do Geraldo Valerio’s spirited and animated illustrations. His creativity provides readers with a variety of cheerful scene changes throughout the journey.
All Aboard for Dreamland offers a oneway ticket to quieting young minds. Your sleeping berth awaits!
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.