In his strange new room on his big new bed, Brody tosses and turns, holding his stuffed dragon named Horst. His parents can't help him fall asleep, so he has no choice to go out and search for a better bed. Is it a squirrel's nest? A cloud? A rowboat on a pond? No, the moon is too bright, and the croaking frogs are too loud, so there's nothing for it but to go back home and jump into his big new bed, where a friendly dragon makes a perfect pillow.
Young readers will enjoy floating along with Brody and Horst in this friendly nocturnal adventure with all the makings of a bedtime classic.
Brody can't settle down in his "big new bed," so he crawls out his window with his stuffed dragon, Horst, in search of someplace cozier. The sleeping spots they find are the stuff of dreams but are not suited for human children. A baby squirrel's nest is too pokey, the clouds are too cold, and a rowboat is plagued with noisy frogs. Inevitably, Brody and Horst end up back in their own bed. Pinder (How to Build a Snow Bear) confidently wields an array of classic storytelling tools: noise words ("crick crack crunch"), insider details ("Horst waggled his wings, which is how dragons say yes"), and soothing litanies ("So he followed Horst around the pond, through the forest, under the clouds, and over a hill"). Sheban's mixed-media spreads give the story its enchantment. Misty scenes in luminous, silvery shades breathe magic into Brody's climb to the clouds and his flight back. It's a story for kids who can't go to bed without one last adventure. Ages 3 5. Author's)