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. Volume XIV Number 15 . . . .March 21, 2008
All Aboard for Dreamland is a young child’s colourful and whimsical train ride to bedtime. The storyline carries readers from rollicking rhymes in wiggle-giggle space through physical settling exercises (stretching, yawning) to more subdued language and a quiet cozy ending. It has a nice flow for settling a storytime group or tucking in at night. The train theme is a reliable pleaser for the preschool crowd, and, while "Dreamland" is not exactly a novel concept, in the context of a train passing through Wiggletown, Giggletown, the land of Strrrretch, the town of Yawn, Groggy Grove and Snuggle Cove, Dreamland is a fitting destination.
As one might expect from a lyricist, the text of All Aboard for Dreamland is in rhyme. A few lines might take a couple of read-throughs to get them to roll off your tongue naturally, but it all works fairly nicely once you’ve gotten acquainted with the rhythms. The action sounds are great (Chuggle-chuggle choo! Yuckity-yuckity yack!), and moments of silliness are speckled throughout the more active earlier portion of the book.
Devon Greyson is a librarian at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Vancouver, BC.
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