Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep wakes up to discover his beloved bear is missing. He boards the nursery express and sets off in search of Ted. They pass seas, jungles, desert and mountains until suddenly the train stops and there, atop a snowy peak, he spies an eagle with something clasped in its talons. Oliver being Oliver, he is determined to complete his mission and all ends happily.
Told in rhyme, Oliver’s latest nocturnal saga reads aloud like a dream. Maland’s opening comic strip sequences in Oliver’s bedroom and the more expansive full and double-page spreads showing the train as it travels through the imagined landscapes, moderate the pace of and elaborate upon the telling.