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People fear death (apparently just a tiny bit less than public speaking). We don't know how to talk about it, especially to children, and we're afraid to bring it up for fear of making people sadder.

Yet children, especially, have questions, and this incredibly gentle and surprisingly light story is full of both comfort and vividly imagined "answers." The first one gives the book its title: A boy hears the voice of his sister calling him one day, a sister he's never met because she died before he was born. The sister in the faded photograph on the wall. So that night he asks his mother what death is like and she tells him, "It's like dreaming, only bigger."

That's lovely, but he still has questions, which it turns out his sister can answer! On a dreamy, carefree adventure they ride their bikes together, (not always on the ground), visiting places that were special to her when she was alive. And she talks to him in the older sister, teasing, straightforward, loving way that is exactly what he needs. (It turns out that death is not the only thing that can be Bigger Than a Dream.)

Much, much more than bibliotherapy, this is a work of art that speaks with honesty and tenderness about one of life's great mysteries

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ISBN-13: 9781646140206
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,101,981
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jef Aerts is a talented author who grew up in a wooded village in Belgium. The recipient of the Book Lion Prize for his first picture book, Bigger Than a Dream, he currently resides with his wife and three children on a small farm.

Marit Törnqvist is a Swedish-Dutch author, artist, and illustrator. She was best known for her illustrations in the books of Astrid Lindgren.

Nick Mondelli is an accomplished actor, poet, and audiobook narrator from Ohio. He has narrated a wide range of titles, including My Antonia by Willa Cather, The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount, and Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner, which AudioFile Magazine called a sensitive, expressive performance. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he works out of his in-house studio.

Stephanie Willing is a voiceover artist based in New York. With an MFA in creative writing, classical training as a dancer, and a decade of experience treading the indie theater boards of New York City, she combines all her training and experience to bring each audiobook she narrates to life.

Angie Kane is a theatre artist and audiobook narrator based in Southeast Michigan. She is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association and a Resident Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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