Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

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by Emily Winfield Martin
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
…a rare, enchanting mixture of graceful rhyming verse and adorable, Hummel-sweet illustrations…Martin's paintings, in rich, creamy opaque colors, have a retro look that recalls early Golden Books, but with more brush-stroke texture…Martin…is in touch with something in the zeitgeist both old-fashioned and on-trend. Dream Animals belongs on the night stand of any child with a taste for extreme winsomeness.
Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
A boy dreams that his teddy bear gets supersized and carries him off to a magical kitchen, where he plays chef to Humpty Dumpy, a robot, and a friendly ogre. A girl snuggles with a stuffed narwhal and soon she is “Beneath the seven seas,” attending a tea party with mermaids. “Whatever dream you visit/ When night replaces day,/ Your furred, or finned, or feathered friend/ Will surely know the way,” writes Martin (Oddfellow’s Orphanage), who runs the popular Black Apple store on Etsy. The minimalist ink-sketched bedrooms of each dreamer give way to luxuriant fairy-tale images rendered in dense, subtly radiant colors, which are reminiscent of classic European illustration (a scene in an “elfin hollow,” in which the young dreamer is crowned with a garland during a sort of jamboree, is particularly Germanic in mood). Martin’s rhymes are literal and don’t make much of an impression, but her pictures, which skirt sentimentality despite their cherubic aesthetic, will take firm grip of readers’ imaginations as they make their own ways to dreamland. Ages 2–5. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
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The Atlantic Wire, August 29, 2013:
"Tender and dark, this brings to mind the dark and wooded world of classic fairy tales — but with a refreshingly quirky twist."

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2013:
"These stunning, full-color illustrations rely on polished brush strokes, midnight blue backgrounds and ethereal light to produce an almost surreal atmosphere in which children quietly ride their dream animals to fantastical venues, silently suggesting the infinite possibility of dreams. A visually elegant and textually cadenced bedtime treat."

Publishers Weekly, August 12, 2013:
"The minimalist ink-sketched bedrooms of each dreamer give way to luxuriant fairy-tale images rendered in dense, subtly radiant colors, which are reminiscent of classic European illustration...Will take firm grip of readers’ imaginations as they make their own ways to dreamland."

Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
An invitation to "close your eyes" and "snuggle in" to be transported by a menagerie of dream animals to magical adventures. When readers fall asleep at night, "animals from long ago / And twice as far away" could carry them to their dreams on "wing or paw or fin." A bear might carry them to a never-ending feast. A fox might take them to an "elfin hollow / Hidden underground." Robins may fly them above the trees or a narwhal dive them beneath the seas to a mermaid tea party. A tiger could take them to a circus or perhaps a moth will carry them to the "very moon and stars." Neatly enclosed within line borders on a serene, pale blue background, the enticing rhyming text accompanies a fluid sketch of a sleeping child in a real-world setting with a toy animal, foreshadowing the dream animal that, on the opposite page, transports the child to a fantasy destination revealed in the subsequent double-page spread. These stunning, full-color illustrations rely on polished brush strokes, midnight blue backgrounds and ethereal light to produce an almost surreal atmosphere in which children quietly ride their dream animals to fantastical venues, silently suggesting the infinite possibility of dreams. A visually elegant and textually cadenced bedtime treat. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
01/01/2016
Toddler-PreS—Children are carried off to Dreamland with the aid of their stuffed animals, light nights, and mobiles. Drifting off to fairy lands, below the ocean, and to constellation-filled skies, the darling toddlers are shown sleeping in their beds, cuddling their toys on one page, and playing with a larger version of their inanimate friend on the opposite page. Lyrical text and lilting rhyme add to the illustrations' vintage, painterly feel. A sweet bedtime send-off.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449810804
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
92,916
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

EMILY WINFIELD MARTIN sketches, paints, and stitches to create imaginary worlds and characters. She is the author/illustrator of The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer. Her store, The Black Apple, has been featured in national publications and on TV shows, including the New York Times and The Martha Stewart Show. The inspiration for Oddfellow's Orphanage, Emily's first book for children, came from the real I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Oddfellows), dancing bears, ragtime music, and magic and mysterium of all sorts. Originally, Emily painted portraits of the children and adults at the imaginary orphanage, and from the portraits the stories emerged—enough to fill a book!
Emily lives among the giant fir trees of Portland, Oregon, with her fellow adventurer, Josiah, and their cat Miette.

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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
NoelA1 More than 1 year ago
First, look at the other reviews and you will see that none of them are serious. I am writing a children's book and the librarian showed me this one. It's delightful!! The artwork is magical and I see this as a perfect book for those children who are afraid of the dark and afraid of going to sleep alone. It's for younger children and I strongly recommend it based on the magical quality of its art. 
Addie2 More than 1 year ago
This book is perfection. I absolutely love the concept, the text has a beautiful cadence, and the illustrations are gorgeous. On top of that, my 15-month-old son loves it. He loves reading it over and over at bedtime! He's even starting to name the animals as we get to them ("bear," "fox," "bird," etc.). It's great as a bedtime book, but it also has substance. I'd highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to order this! The quality was beautiful. It's a new favorite.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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