Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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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Silver Winner from NAPPA (National Parenting Publication Awards)

The New York Times
, November 27, 2013:
"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. They’re so nursery-worthy you may be tempted to snip a few out and frame them."

Parents Magazine, November 2013:
"Enchanting...Little ones won't mind curling up, thanks to the lovely whimsical illustrations."

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."

ApartmentTherapy.com, November 20, 2013:
"It's a perfect bedtime book as it creates a feeling of security and comfort paired with the endless possibilities for exploration and adventure that dreams bring. The illustrations are rich and sumptuous, yet delicate and ethereal. It's a lovely book, one that you'll want to hold onto for years to come."

Metro US, November 20, 2013:
"This new bedtime book will lull your little one to sleep with its whimsical rhymes and low-lit illustrations. The book has a slightly vintage-feel, making it an instant classic and your child will be looking forward to his or her own sweet dreams after reading about the ones in the book."

Booklist, December 15, 2013:
"Whether taking tea with mermaids in pale green waters, flying over a prehistoric world on a winged bicycle, or painting the stars while resting on the moon, these dreams suggest delightful and fantastical experiences. Martin sketches the sleeping children in black and white and renders the enchanting scenes of their dreams in vivid color. A sweet and lyrical bedtime story."

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449810804
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 19,829
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    First, look at the other reviews and you will see that none of t

    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. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Rt And Ds

    Hi skylight

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    THIS IS STUPID CLAN

    NOT ANY ONE HERE!!!!

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Featherstar

    Padde in. And saw his fellow clanmates

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Joining as deputy

    Iwould like to join this clan what ever it is as deputy.....

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Featherstar

    Sighs bbt

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    PLEASE

    IS ANYONE HERE PLZ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Roen

    Hm. My first action as leader... disband the clan. I was never one for being a leader. And this clan is unsuccessful. Goodbye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Skylight

    Merp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Snowflakestar

    WHAT THE HECK?!?! Okay ive been gone because i was on my new kindle now someone takes snowflake clan from me i am so mad

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