Dream Friends [NOOK Book]


“[Reminiscent] of the classic 'Goodnight Moon' with its haunting, twilight-inflected color ...
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“[Reminiscent] of the classic 'Goodnight Moon' with its haunting, twilight-inflected color scheme.” – The New York Times Book Review

You Byun’s sparkling debut establishes her as a major picture book talent.

Melody has the most wonderful friend in her dreams. They do all sorts of magical things together. But when Melody wakes up, she’s back in the real world, where she hasn’t yet made a friend. Then her dream friend inspires her to make some moves that help Melody’s dream of friendship come true.

Ms. Byun's art is full of delightful details and fantastic scenes that children will want to pore over again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Michael Agger
…reminded me of the classic Goodnight Moon, with its haunting, twilight-inflected color scheme…The drawings in this picture book debut enchant and enthrall and linger in the mind.
Publishers Weekly
Byun’s debut establishes this young artist as a remarkably polished talent. Her illustrations are the book’s raison d’être; the story is just substantial enough to hang it on. Melody has a marvelous dream friend, a huge white cat who “surprised her with lovely things” like a hat full of stars, and plays hide-and-seek with her in a place that’s half bedroom, half forest. Melody is lonely in her new home, though; she wants (and finds) a real friend, and she doesn’t have to give up her dream friend to do it. Printed on matte paper, Byun’s warm, grainy spreads have the look of lino prints, and her detailed drawing creates an atmosphere of visual abundance. Scenes of Melody’s daytime life are worked in a palette of friendly grade-school paint-box shades, while the dream sequences are drenched in saturated tangerines, lavenders, and blues. Combined with an instinctive knowledge of objects that please children (swing sets, cupcakes, spiral staircases, ladybugs), Byun has created a diminutive paradise, a bedtime destination that children will want to visit again and again. Ages 3–5. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Feb.)
“The unusual color palette, swirling peach and gold and violet and turquoise during the fantasy scenes, sets this book apart, as do debut author Byun’s textured, retro-style illustrations. A visual wonderland from an artist to watch.”
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Melody has a very special friend she meets only in her dreams. Her friend, a large, bowtie-wearing, fluffy white cat, can fly and dance and they watch spectacular fireworks together. New to the neighborhood, Melody has no friends on the playground and wishes she could bring her special friend out of her dreams, but all her efforts fail. One day, lonely on the playground, Melody closes her eyes and relives a dance from her dreams. Another little girl asks to join the dancing and soon everyone on the playground is dancing. Melody and her new friend plan an immediate sleep over, so that Melody's two special friends can meet in their dreams. Byun's fantastical illustrations, done in watercolor and digitally manipulated, appear somehow muted yet vibrant at the same time. Instead of the usual bright primary colors we get beautiful oranges, pinks, purples and yellow that bring Melody's dream and real worlds together. This first time picture book author has produced a truly unique picture book, one that will be appreciated by readers of all ages buy may be particularly appropriate for children who are new to their school or neighborhood. This is an excellent addition to all picture book collections. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Soft sunset colors and unusual imagery welcome readers into a child's dream world. Melody finds more happiness in this imaginary place than she does in her new neighborhood, where she feels shy and lonely. In her dreams she has a special friend, a large, flying doglike creature that brings magic, adventure, and companionship into her life. The succinct text allows the swirly, expressive spot and full-bleed art, created with paintbrushes and ink and manipulated digitally, to develop the emotional arc of the story. As Melody tries to lure her dream friend into reality, she manages to unleash its joyous energy into the playground. Though her dream friend doesn't materialize in the way she hopes, Melody finds the magic within herself that ultimately leads to a real friend. This gentle story celebrates imagination and bravery in new circumstances.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl's "dream friend" assuages her loneliness after a family move. Every night Melody ascends a spiral staircase from her bedroom to her dreams, where she plays with a giant, fluffy white dog sporting a red bow tie. He surprises her "with lovely things," and they play hide-and-seek and watch fireworks together. But Melody must leave her idyllic dream world during the day, and in the "real world," she languishes in loneliness on the playground--"she was too shy to talk to the other children." "Coax[ing]" her dream friend into the real world doesn't work, but one day on the playground, she imagines dancing with him, attracting the attention of a friendly girl in overalls. "Melody taught her the dance she learned from her friend. Soon everyone on the playground was dancing with them." While newcomer Byun's story is a little on the bland and idealized side, her illustrations entrance. Delicate lines and a retro pastel palette create a friendly, surreal dream world and an appealing neighborhood playground filled with a multiethnic cast of chubby-cheeked children. The sequence in which Melody tries to convince her dream friend to come into the world is particularly funny; she sets a trail of cupcakes and tries with main force to squash him through her door, among other stratagems. Readers will want to go to sleep right away in hopes of summoning their own dream friends. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101627006
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

You Byun (youbyun.com) grew up in the US, Japan and Korea, and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines, and her portfolio received both the SCBWI's Portfolio Award and Tomie dePaola Illustration Award. Dream Friends is her first picture book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

You Byun (youbyun.com) grew up in the US, Japan and Korea, and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines, and her portfolio received both the SCBWI's Portfolio Award and Tomie dePaola Illustration Award. Dream Friends is her first picture book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    This book has become my son's bedtime staple right alongside Goo

    This book has become my son's bedtime staple right alongside Goodnight Moon. He refuses to go to sleep without at least one reading of "Dream Friends". Beautifully illustrated with a wonderful story, this book is as much a delight for me to read to him as it is for him to hear it. A special story that belongs in every child's bookshelf, so happy to have found it, its a magical book!!

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