Where Is The Night Train Going?
By Eilleen Spinelli
Illustrated by Cyd Moore
An anthology of bedtime poetry takes young readers on a fun-filled nighttime adventure across bridges, aboard boats, aboard a night train, to the ocean to listen to whale songs and visit a great white shark, and back to bed to watch a thunder storm.
Poet Eileen Spinelli takes her readers on a long adventure to see bridges and boats dressed up with lights, ride on a night train, listen to whale songs, visit a great white shark, and watch a storm thunder in from the safety of a warm bed. Full-color illustrations.
School Library Journal
From “I’d Rather Sleep at the Zoo” (“What could be worse/Than a lion who roars?/What could be worse-/A brother who snores!”) to “August Bedtime” (“Back-porch hammock/Soft and deep/Sways me into/Summersleep”), Spinelli explores the pros and cons of falling asleep. The poems are consistently sweet and gentle, rather than distinguished or splashy. However, it’s the combination of words and illustrations, which both sing in the same voice, that makes this book successful. Moore’s colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations clarify and extend the poetry. Both express a mild sense of humor and nod lovingly to young children’s sensibilities; both are charming and quiet. In age appeal, this title falls between Nancy Larrick’s Night of the Whippoorwill (Philomel, 1992; o.p.) and Kay Chorao’s Baby’s Bedtime Book (Dutton, 1984). John Bierhorst’s On the Road of Stars (Macmillan, 1994), Eloise Greenfield’s Night on Neighborhood Street (Dial, 1991), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’s Still As a Star (Little, 1989) would add more flavor to bedtime poetry collections.
–Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
Marla Frenzel – Children’s Literature
Bright, lively watercolor drawings by Cyd Moore accompany each poem, lending a child’s-eye view of the nighttime world. Kids explore the wonders of the night in a light-filled, nonthreatening manner. “I Don’t Believe In Bigfoot” suggests a way of dispelling all the monsters of the night.