Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar

Arthur's Dream Boat

Written by Polly Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

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Prize- winning Polly Dunbar brings a dream to life in this beautiful and magical picture book. No one listens to Arthur when he tells his family about his dream of a wonderful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. But then, Arthur sails away....
Arthur’s dream makes a wonderful space for all children to enter. Here they too can dream and wonder.


Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar

Have you ever had a dream so wonderful you wanted to tell everyone? Arthur has! He dreamt about an amazing beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast but...No one (not even his dog!) is interested in hearing about it. 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 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. Wonderful, witty characters are set in a very distinctive Polly Dunbar world, infused with beauty and originality.

Try and spot the subtle watery references hidden throughout the pictures!


A story that allows a child to feel important - and heard. Guardian

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.

To view a TV clip from Tilly and Friends go to:

And to see a fun video with Polly click here!

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd May 2013




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