The Dream Train: Poems for Bedtime

Illustrator: Anuska Allepuz

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

Age 2+

Picture Storybooks

From Sean Taylor, the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, and the illustrator of Little Green Donkey, Anuska Allepuz, comes a stunning original bedtime poetry collection to comfort, inspire and reassure little children.

From best-selling picture book author, Sean Taylor, comes his first ever poetry collection for children. The Dream Train is a handsome new collection of original bedtime poetry perfect for sharing whilst tucked up in bed, written for the very young. Filled with 30 warm, joyful and atmospheric poems of every kind – from the funny to the gentle, from the surprising to the lyrical – each capture the experience of falling or being asleep, in a pure, emotional way and celebrates the wonderful, busy, imaginative minds of little children. Some poems read like a soothing mantra, helping lull small ones to sleep, others will plant a seed of inspiration to take children bravely and boldly into the next day.

This gift of a book takes readers on a visual and imaginative journey into dreamland, and beyond, and showcases the incredibly rich and inviting artwork of Anuska Allepuz.


Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include picture books such as How to be Cooler than Cool, Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise and I Want to Be in a Scary Story, illustrated by Jean Jullien, A Brave Bear, illustrated by Emily Hughes and Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh!, illustrated by Kate Hindley. Although Sean was writing poetry long before he wrote picture books, this is his very first poetry collection for children. Find Sean online at and on Twitter as @seantstories.

Anuska Allepuz studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Academia di Belle Arti di Carrara in Italy, before undertaking postgraduate illustration courses at EINA, Barcelona and the Cambridge School of Art. A rising talent in the world of illustration, Anuska has been highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration, shortlisted for the 2012 and 2014 AOI awards, and has had her work exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair. She is the author-illustrator of The Walloos' Big Adventure, That Fruit is Mine! and Little Green Donkey. Find her online at and on Instagram as @anuskaallepuz.


This collection of poems is full of reassurance and magic. It evokes quiet and rest and happy dreams, and its illustrations are cosy and soft. Its soothing rhythms and many visual and verbal ideas — from the sound of rain to the presence of love around you — all tend to make sleep irresistible.

'Watch Out For', Sunday Times

An original collection for the very young, featuring funny, gentle, surprising and lyrical poems about going to bed.

The Bookseller

The range of styles and moods offered by these poems makes the collection an excellent starting point for developing a child’s love of poetry. […] There is plenty to explore on each spread, imaginative details to enjoy and stories to tell. ‘The Dream Train’ would make a stunning gift to treasure and share through- and for- generations.

Through the Bookshelf

[…]this collection of bedtime poems is perfect for sharing. From the funny to the lyrical, each capture the experience of falling asleep or dreaming. The imaginative illustrations add whimsy and wonder to the package.

WRD Magazine

warm, joyful and atmospheric poems of every kind – from the funny to the gentle, from the surprising to the lyrical – capturing the experience of falling or being asleep in a pure, emotional way.


Other books you'll love