The Nice Dream Truck

by Beth Ferry (Author) Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

The Nice Dream Truck
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From the dreams of New York Times bestselling creators Beth Ferry and Brigette Barrager comes this whimsical bedtime story filled with adventure and imagination. When bedtime is near, you might be in luck. You might get a visit from the Nice Dream Truck!

Sample your choice of sweet dreams--from astronaut to making-the-shot and more--all served by a truck that flies on moonbeams. You may choose to swim; you may want to fly, there's an endless assortment of flavors to try! New York Times bestselling creators Beth Ferry and Brigette Barrager serve up a delightful twist on the lyrical bedtime romp, reminding us that there are as many ways to dream as ice cream flavors to taste.

A dream come true for fans of Sherri Duskey Rinker's Steam Train, Dream Train and Emily Winfield Martin's Dream Animals, The Nice Dream Truck is sure to be a bedtime classic.


Kirkus Reviews

Grown-ups will find much to discuss with their little ones about their dreams. An inventive and charming bedtime story. (Picture book. 3-6)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—Three children of various skin tones are tucked into a single bed and set off on a fantastic adventure of their own choosing as the Nice Dream Truck arrives with a "girl with stars in her eyes" offering myriad dreams to scoop up like ice cream and enjoy all night long. This bedtime story encourages children to see themselves as the makers of their own dreams and to choose story lines they might not have considered for themselves. The illustrations are vibrant and confectionery sweet with bold colors and energetic lines. This could also be useful in classrooms as an introduction to genres, given that the dreams run the gamut from pure fantasy to sports and science fiction. Ideal for bedtime, this tale might especially resonate with children who have a hard time falling asleep or who are troubled by bad dreams. VERDICT Move over, Sandman! The Nice Dream Truck has something perfect to dish up for every dreamer.—John Scott, Friends Sch. of Baltimore

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Publishers Weekly

Three round-faced children of varying ethnicities are tucked into a large bed, each with shut eyes and wide smiles, as this picture book opens. A page later, a brown-skinned, purple-haired girl with "stars in her eyes" makes her entrance in the fantastical Nice Dream Truck--a floating aquamarine affair sporting an enormous ice cream topper and rearview mirror dice--which serves up sweet dreams in the form of elaborate ice cream treats, pictured in myriad colors and topped with syrups and stars. From "dreams about summer/ and dreams about snow. Dreams about puppies/ wherever you go" to fantasies of flight, whales, and jelly bean scales, Barrager employs flurries of pinks, purples, and blues in digital illustrations that bring Ferry's creative rhymes to life. The children at last "snuggle down deep" atop a fluffy white cloud, ending their dream with a satisfied smile. A sweet bedtime romp with commercial appeal. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

This could be useful in classrooms as an introduction to genres, given that the dreams run the gamut from pure fantasy to sports and science fiction. Ideal for bedtime, this tale might especially resonate with children who have a hard time falling asleep or who are troubled by bad dreams. Move over, Sandman! The Nice Dream Truck has something perfect to dish up for every dreamer—School Library Journal
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780062907837
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Series
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