Monday, September 29, 2014

Review - Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
by Emily Winfield Martin
Date: 2013
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Ideal for bed time reading, this book will appeal to parents and children who love Grandfather Twilight and On the Night That You Were Born. Author, illustrator, and creator of The Black Apple Etsy shop, Emily Martin convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I love picture books with beautiful illustrations.  This book has plenty of those!

The basic premise here is that dreamers are carried to dreamland by one of a number of friendly animals.  Along with a pretty decent rhyming narrative, there are illustrations throughout: monochrome blue ones that depict the sleeping children in "real life" and full-colour ones that depict their fantastical travels in dreamland.

I hadn't read anything by this author/illustrator before, but now I'm intrigued.  There is a companion book to this one, called Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination, that just came out in August.  She's also published the crafty-sounding The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist, which looks like a lot of fun.

This is a short-but-cute book that will probably appeal to kids, as well as to the parents who might be reading the bedtime stories.  The illustrations are darling and the poetry flows nicely.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.

Quotable moment:

These creatures are the reason

Dreamers get where dreamers go.

Dreamland is too far to run

And sleepy feet, too slow.

Recommended to: fans of the illustrator's work; young children who like to hear a soothing rhyme before bed

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 5/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4.14 out of 5

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