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Arthur's Dream Boat
Contributor(s): Dunbar, Polly
ISBN: 0763658677     ISBN-13: 9780763658670
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: February 2012
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Annotation: Having an amazing dream about a strikingly beautiful magical boat, young Arthur is unable to interest his family in hearing about it, when suddenly the boat appears on top of his head and grows larger and larger until Arthur sails away upon the waves. By the creator of the best-selling Penguin.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dreams; Fiction.
Boats and boating; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2012011047
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (1.20 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Polly Dunbar is the award-winning author-illustrator of Penguin and Dog Blue, as well as the Tilly and Friends series. She is also the illustrator of Here’s a Little Poem by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond, and Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar lives and works in Brighton, England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Arthur's family members are too preoccupied to listen to his dream about a boat--or even notice that one is literally growing on his head. While sailing in the full-size vessel, he finally gets their attention when he saves them from drowning. This charming fantasy, which plays out in lilting illustrations, taps into a feeling familiar to young readers: being overlooked.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 January #2)

Adding to the sizable bookshelf of titles that bear witness to the power of a child's imagination, Dunbar (the Tilly and Friends series) introduces Arthur, a boy first seen yawning and stretching after waking up from an "amazing" dream. His dream was about a boat, and Dunbar pictures it perched on Arthur's head—dainty and white, at first, but growing in size, color, and detail in every spread. Arthur tries to share his dream with his family, but everyone is busy; meanwhile, he takes inspiration from his mother's polka-dot dress and his baby sister's yellow pajamas to add new elements to the boat. As nautical details appear with increasing frequency in the family's home (his sister's high chair looks suspiciously like a ship's crow's nest), Arthur gets fed up and lets loose his imagination, summoning the ocean itself and finally getting his family's attention. With a pink and green hull, red polka-dot flag, and garish blue-haired figurehead, Arthur's boat pops, disrupting the sherbet palette of Dunbar's loose, free-spirited illustrations the same way Arthur's fantasies cut through the busyness and noise of modern life. Ages 2–up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 March)

PreS-K—Arthur has a dream to describe, but no one in his family is listening. He awakens with a boat on his mind, literally, and as he approaches each oblivious person or pet, another detail is supplied to the growing vessel. The boy first mentions the "pink-and-green boat with a striped mast" to his brother. Observant viewers will notice corresponding patterns and color combinations in this room and on subsequent pages. Arthur proceeds, relaying information about the "polka-dotted sails" and "beautiful figurehead." His final exasperated attempt, expressed in an enormous font, captures his family's attention and conjures up the waves. As the water rolls in, the onlookers enjoy a swim, until the delighted protagonist eventually scoops them up in his boat for a cuddly journey home; all is forgiven. Light aquamarine or white backgrounds provide a foil for the bright red or pink designs highlighted in this persistent hero's story and surroundings. The sounds emitted after each encounter set up the potential for a call-and-response with young audiences, from the "TIPPETY-TAP, TIPPETY-TAP" of the brother's computer to the "HOO-HA-LA-DE-DA!" emanating from the dreamer's mother as she sprinkles fish food into the bowl. The large trim size allows the mixed-media compositions to be easily seen from a distance, making this a welcome choice for storytimes. Children will enjoy comparing and contrasting Dunbar's gentle fantasy to David Small's saga of another child who takes a nighttime transformation in stride: Imogene's Antlers (Crown, 1985).—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library

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