Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar

Arthur's Dream Boat

Written by Polly Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

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This is a highly original and magical picture book with playful, modern touches and a breathtaking colour palette, so enchanting that readers will be scrambling for a seat in Arthur's dream boat!

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Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar

One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can't wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested. In fact, they don't even notice that this very same boat is growing on his head, getting larger and larger by the minute! Soon, Arthur is bouncing along the waves in his very own dream boat. Maybe now his family will listen to him!


'A real attention-getter.' Kirkus UK

'Original and magical, this playful tale is brought alive by wonderfully dreamy illustrations.' The Bookseller

'Polly Dunbar’s surreal seafaring voyage proves to be a boat not to be missed….It’s gently surreal, in the grand tradition of bizarro children’s picture-book creators such as Maurice Sendak, David McKee and Anthony Browne. While fun from the first pass, it reveals more and more with each reading. Small readers will spend many happy hours unravelling the little details within.' We Love This Book

About the Author

Polly Dunbar

Polly Dunbar is a major picture-book talent. She is the author-illustrator of a series called Tilly and Friends which has been made into an animated series, to air on CBeebies from September 2012. She's also the author/illustrator of Penguin, Arthur's Dream Boat, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, and the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her titles have won numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Year's Award 2007, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize 2007, the Practical Pre-School Award 2007 and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly currently lives and works in Dublin.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


Polly Dunbar
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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2012




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