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Time Now to Dream

Written by Timothy Knapman

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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LoveReading View on Time Now to Dream

One of our Books of the Year 2016 There’s a dreamlike quality to this beautiful picture book. Two young children, painted by Helen Oxenbury with typical sensitivity, leave the safety of their garden to explore the forest when they hear a mysterious noise coming from the trees. Taking it in turns to reassure and encourage one another, they finally discover the source of the noise is Wolf Mummy singing her babies to sleep, a vision both wild and tranquil. The children return home and they too snuggle down to sleep lulled by her lullaby. Their cosy cottage, with its bright red quilt and lamp, is a distinct contrast to the green hues of the little wolves’ home, but the forest no longer seems a frightening place. Atmospheric, magical, this fairytale story will enchant readers. ~ Andrea Reece

Meet the Illustrator – In conversation with Helen Oxenbury

Shelley Fallows also had the opportunity to meet with Illustrator Helen Oxenbury to find out a little more about this award winning illustrator, mother and grandmother. Click here to read more.


Time Now to Dream Synopsis

What's that noise? said Jack. It's coming from the forest, said Alice. Let's go and see! From Helen Oxenbury, the illustrator of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and Timothy Knapman, the author of Soon, comes the story of a brother and sister, and their adventure in the woods. When Alice and Jack are out playing, they hear a strange noise. Alice wants to know what it is, but Jack is afraid. He thinks it might be the Wicked Wolf with big, bad claws and snap-trap jaws. But Alice takes his hand and they follow the noise, right into the heart of the forest...Just what will they discover there? Timothy Knapman's powerful, atmospheric narration alongside Helen Oxenbury's spectacular illustrations skilfully convey Jack's growing fear and Alice's curious excitement, all the while building toward the reveal of that mysterious sound...

Time Now to Dream Press Reviews

The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury are beautiful. Reminiscent of an old-style water colour book in soft pastels - perfect for bed time, really. The children are classically drawn - it reminded me a little of original Winnie the Pooh drawings. Very beautiful, wholesome feeling, if you can call pictures wholesome! Time Now to Dream is a beautiful book and it definitely gets a huge thumbs up from me! Every word of Knapman's text is carefully weighed and his pacing of the tale brilliantly controlled. As ever Helen Oxenbury's watercolour illustrations are sheer delight. She takes readers right back to the seemingly timeless days of childhood evoking a bygone era when it felt safe to allow children to roam freely with nothing but their sense of adventure and their imaginations to accompany them. The combination of the two is picturebook eloquence of the first order and a treat to share at bedtime or indeed, any time. Books for Keeps A sweet bedtime read. Baby London Helen Oxenbury's illustrations never fail to enchant and Time Now to Dream is no different. [...] Some picture books evoke emotions from childhood and Time Now to Dream does just that. [...] an excellent book to read out loud. For the illustrations alone this is a book everyone should read, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The School Librarian

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ISBN: 9781406373370
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406367355
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406373370
Publication date: 3rd August 2017
Author: Timothy Knapman
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Timothy Knapman

Timothy Knapman is a children’s writer, lyricist and playwright. His children’s books have been translated into twelve languages and include Soon, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Time Now To Dream, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes, illustrated by Nikki Dyson, and the bestselling Mungo and the Picture Book Pirate series. His titles have often been featured on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. He lives in Weybridge, Surrey. Read more about the author here.   Photo credit: Robin Farquhar-Thomson

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