Dream Submarine

by Charlotte Gunnufson (Author) Cleonique Hilsaca (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Climb aboard the Dream Submarine and set your course for an eveningtide lullaby in this illustrated, illuminating journey of maritime enchantment.

Glide through the ocean with a young child in her cozy little submarine. See how marine animals brush their teeth, put on pajamas (by shifting colors to better blend in), and tuck themselves into sponge beds. Dive between towers of slumbering whales and see bioluminescent creatures paint galaxies in the abyss, then make a wish upon a sea star and let the Dream Submarine whisk you away.

Author Charlotte Gunnufson gently guides readers to sleep as she introduces them to a host of mesmerizing sea creatures, while Cleonique Hilsaca's colorful illustrations transform underwater environs into an imaginative dreamscape.

Back matter features a map of the Dream Submarine's journey, a deeper dive into the ocean's zones and animals, and resources for further exploration.

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Kirkus Reviews

A delightful voyage well worth taking.

Publishers Weekly

"Put your wishes in your pocket..../ Open the hatch and climb down the ladder." A Dream Submarine allows readers to observe myriad sea creatures preparing for slumber in this soporific oceanic journey. As a child with light brown skin peers from a round window, the vessel travels from Zanzibar across the world's oceans, encountering jellyfish, pufferfish, rays, turtles, and more. Lightly poetic lines highlight the remarkable bedtime habits of maritime fauna: "Shrimp tiptoe in to clean" yawning eels' teeth, and "parrotfish snooze in slime sleeping bags." As the submarine descends, the depths become reminiscent of the starry night sky, until the vehicle resurfaces and the child emerges, "right on time/ to make a wish for every fish/ and each creature in the sea." Sweet, beachy-hued digital renderings by Hilsaca suggest a striated watery environment, while Gunnufson's maritime meanderings point the way toward pelagic dreams. Back matter includes a map and species facts. Ages 3-7. (June)

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Charlotte Gunnufson
Charlotte Gunnufson is a language arts teacher turned author. Her books include Halloween Hustle, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry, and Prince and Pirate, illustrated by Mike Lowery. She cares deeply about young people and this old planet. She's buoyed up by a lovely quote from ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau: "People protect what they love." Charlotte Gunnufson lives in Iowa.

Cleonique Hilsaca is an illustrator whose work can be found in picture books, newspapers, magazines, board games, and galleries. She is the illustrator of Rat Fair by Leah Rose Kessler and Thriving with Autism by Katie Cook as well as a contributing illustrator to Warm Blood by Josh Tierney. Though her work is primarily digital, she can sometimes be found painting with watercolors in the wild. Cleonique Hilsaca lives in Georgia.
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Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
June 11, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV002170 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Marine Life
Library of Congress categories

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