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Collections | Bedtime Stories

Nodkins Goes Dream-Hopping

By Steve Cleverly & Sanj Sen

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Hello. Tonight we’re going dream-hopping with a very special Moshling called Nodkins the Bedtime Bunny. So snuggle down, close your eyes, cozy up and relax.

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

When you go to sleep at night what’s your favourite dream? Perhaps you go to boboland or somewhere in-between? Maybe you surf rainbow waves or drift through outer space? Or jump on flying unicorns to fly from place to place?

But wouldn’t it be great if you could visit others’ dreams? To check out what they dream about and see where they have been. Well, there’s a little Moshling who can do that any time. Especially when it’s twilight and the moon begins to shine.

Her name is Nodkins, very cute, and normal as can be. She lives inside a burrow right beside a willow tree. But unlike other Bedtime Bunnies, Nodkins has a skill to see in other Moshlings’ dreams and hop in them at will.

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

It’s quite exciting, jumping into someone else’s dream, a bit like surfing channels but without the TV screen. And every night at bedtime Nodkins goes on an adventure by thinking of the Moshling’s name whose dream she’d like to enter.

Tonight she starts with Tiki cos his dreams are always fun. They usually take place on islands bathed in golden sun. She concentrates then suddenly she boings onto a beach, where Tiki’s playing croquet with a giant fuzzy peach.

Several minutes later Nodkins hops out of the dream, deciding that she’d like to try a different Moshi scene. She thinks of Mr Snoodle and starts whispering his name. Then boings aboard a carriage on his sleepy Twilight Train.

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

Traveling in a Snoodle’y dream is mellow, calm and soothing. But then the train falls silent as if no longer moving. Nodkins looks outside and sees they’re soaring through the skies, past giant cups of herbal tea, and pumpernickel pies.

Following her flight on board this dreamy flying train, Nodkins now decides it’s time to dreamhop once again. She thinks of Uncle Scallops and boings into his dream and sees he’s gently snoozing in his Mellow Submarine.

Next, she visits Captain Squirk, who dreams of cosmic sheep, and seeing as he lives in space, they never baa, they beep. Boinging in she watches space-sheep orbiting a planet. Or maybe it’s a little moon or giant pomegranate?

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

Seeing all these Moshi dreams is really quite surreal, and Nodkins really loves it ‘cos the things she sees aren’t real. But sometimes every now and then she likes to intervene. Especially when her actions help to shape a Moshling’s dream.

Tonight the dream she’s meddling in belongs to Marshall Ned, a Panto Pony Moshling who’s a proper sleepyhead. The dream he’s having right now is as random as can be. He’s ironing his trousers on a surfboard in the sea.

But Ned looks rather troubled as the sea’s just turned to sky, and now he’s stranded on a cloud and Ponies cannot fly. So Nodkins gets a trampoline and shouts for Ned to leap. Which Ned does in an instant, though he’s really sound asleep.

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

Having helped a Panto Pony, Nodkins starts to ponder, “I wonder what would happen if my mind was left to wander?” She tries to think of nothingness and empty out her mind, but all she sees are Moshling dreams of each and every kind.

First, she’s sees a forest filled with shoes and melting clocks, where Wumples play on chessboards wearing massive woolly socks. Next, she visits Waldo’s dream, a Tabby Nerdicat, who’s cycling on a rainbow wearing nothing but a hat.

She tries once more to concentrate on nothing much at all, but hops into a mermaid on a giant glitterball. She looks above and notices a duck on a trapeze and wonders if these Moshlings have been eating too much cheese.

Dreamhopping, dreamhopping, dream hop with me.
Make sure your dreams are as sweet as can be.

As the night continues Nodkins hops from dream to dream. Some are crazy, some are mellow, some are quite extreme. She dreamhops on a nightly basis, just to have a peep. And even though she dozes off, she’s never quite asleep.

Perhaps this might explain why Nodkins always feels so weary. She needs to have her own sweet dreams, well that’s the general theory. So snuggling in her blanket, she whispers her own name, then finds herself in Nutmeg Nook, beside a winding lane.

Wandering past a willow tree she sees a Bedtime Bunny. “She looks familiar,” Nodkins says. “I think that’s me, how funny!” Then finally it dawns on her: “My own dreams are the best.” So she boings off with her dreamy friend to have a good night’s rest.

Goodbye and sweet dreams…

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