Cover image for Time now to dream / Timothy Knapman ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
Time now to dream / Timothy Knapman ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, [2017]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When Alice and Jack are out playing, they hear a strange noise. Alice wants to know what it is, but Jack is afraid. He thinks it might be the Wicked Wolf with big, bad claws and snap-trap jaws. But Alice takes his hand and they follow the noise, right into the heart of the forest...Just what will they discover there?
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A mysterious forest sound sets a curious girl and her timid younger brother on an evening adventure with an unexpectedly heartwarming outcome.

Alice and Jack are out playing catch when they hear a strange sound coming from the forest. Jack wants to know what it could be, and Alice decides to go find out. "But what if it's the Wicked Wolf?" Jack asks. "Shhh," says Alice. "Everything is going to be all right." As the two go deeper into the woods and get closer to the odd noise, Jack grows more afraid. But Alice reassures him as she guides him along, and together they make a surprising and sweet discovery. Author Timothy Knapman balances the excitement of adventuring into the unknown with the comfort of returning home safe and sound, while Helen Oxenbury's classically charming illustrations make this a perfect bedtime book to share with little explorers, both the brave ones and those who may need some reassuring that everything is going to be all right.

Author Notes

Timothy Knapman is a children's writer, lyricist, and playwright. He is the author of the picture books Soon, illustrated by Patrick Benson, and Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes, illustrated by Nikki Dyson. He lives in Surrey, England.

Helen Oxenbury is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of the 2015 Carle Artist Honor. She is a celebrated illustrator of many well-loved books, including Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Grampa, both by Amy Hest, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, and There's Going to Be a Baby by her husband, John Burningham. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Playing in their yard on the edge of a forest, Alice and her younger brother, Jack, hear a strange noise wafting from the woods: "Ocka by hay beees unna da reeees." Jack is certain that it's the Wicked Wolf, but Alice insists they explore (mindful of her big-sister duties, she holds Jack's hand and promises him several times that "everything is going to be all right"). Oxenbury's (Captain Jack and the Pirates) watercolors, rendered in pale yellows and greens, hark back to similar journeys in classic fairy tales. The eerie noises continue-Knapman (Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes) devises more weird but oddly familiar words-the forest darkens, the Wicked Wolf looms larger in Jack's imagination, and Alice panics. Finally, their nemesis is revealed, in Jack's words, as a "mommy" wolf "singing her babies to sleep." Turning the page, readers see a huge wolf lovingly crooning to her trio of adoring, drowsy pups, framed by soft green leaves. It's impossible not to linger on this image and savor its poignancy. The delicious escalation of suspense is replaced with a quiet sense of wonder, making this story a winner. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Alice and Jack are playing in the backyard when they hear an eerie chant from the forest. Jack worries it might be the Wicked Wolf; Alice wants to investigate. While there's suspenseful visual progression from light to gloom in the pencil and watercolor illustrations, this don't-be-afraid bedtime story never gets too scary; the eventual appearance of the wolf--and her pups!--is sweet indeed. (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.