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An Awesome Book! [Kindle Edition]

Dallas Clayton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations, young and old.

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About the Author

My name is Dallas Clayton. I used to be a unicorn, but now I write kids' books. I wrote this book and drew the pictures. I hope you like it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6927 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NZ9XR2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brand new CLASSIC November 3, 2010
I just read this book online at the recommendation of a coworker (both this and the other book the author wrote are available to read in their entirety for free online). It is the most touching, sweet, beautiful kid's book I've ever read. As a dad in my 40s I felt inspired to revisit my dreams after reading it and I know it will--and I say this without a trace of hyperbole--greatly affect the life of my little boy in a wonderful way.

I've told my 4yo almost every night that we're going to work to make his dreams come true, that they can... this book shows him through wonderful illustration and narrative just what I've been saying.

Dallas, cudos to you for finding incredible success through this book and sharing it with your foundation (I watched the videos on his site and recommend them, too to see what's behind this book).

In a jaded, rough world ya done good.

Thank you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Wonderful Book! November 1, 2010
A book about dreams, "An Awesome Book!", rounds out my personal collection of the ten best and very special children's books of all time. The others are: Winnie the Pooh, Nobody Listens to Andrew, Hope for the Flowers, The Little Prince, Guess How Much I Love You, The Missing Piece, Curious George, Babar and Cat in the Hat.

Wonderful inspirational story and beautiful illustrations. Buy this book and you will be compelled, as have I, to buy copies for all your friends, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, nephews and nieces.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, awesome message November 2, 2010
By Cakes
It is so refreshing to have a very positive book that does not start off with negatives and end with happy resolution. It is simply about being happy and it is awesome. My 2 year old has been reading this book for about 6 months and its one of his favorites. Great great story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully weird September 5, 2012
This book may be a little more for grown-ups than for kids? It's kind of along the same lines as Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Seuss, crossed with the silly sensibility of Todd Parr. Things get off to a strong start, "There are places in the world where people do not dream... of rocket-powered unicorns." Busy sketches full of detail have a hipster vibe to them. The artwork reminded me a little of Hallmark Shoebox greetings, too. This is a reprint of a 2008 release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really an Awesome book November 25, 2012
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This book is great for all ages. It is full of color and contains very imaginative artwork with a great message and is even very clever. Dallas Clayton is an up an coming author, be on the look out. Check out his website he post all kinds of short poems on there. When I went was surprised that I couldn't stop reading them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best children's book ever!!!!!! November 20, 2012
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Dallas Clayton is going to be the next Dr. Seuss if he keeps this up!! I would recommend this book to every child!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab kids book February 13, 2013
By Leanne
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thankyou Joaquin Phoenix for introducing me to this book!
The message in this book is a fabulous message to give to your children. I read this to my son on a daily basis - I want him to know no matter how big his dreams are that I will always be there for him to help him realise them & this book is exactly that message. Never ever stop dreaming :-)
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good - NOT Awesome: Snooty and Divisive October 18, 2012
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This book's self-congratulatory title may be an indicator of a bit of the attitude within...

Maybe I'm the only one with this opinion, as this book seems to be making a big stir, but I think this book is good, and could actually be awesome in so many ways, if it didn't have the several pages of snooty divisiveness (ordinary dreams vs. big dreams) - essentially judging and turning up the nose at some peoples' "ordinary" dreams (furniture, clothing, phones, money) (like, say, doing a commercial for Google to help sell books?) Sorry, but this is just disingenuous and unnecessary. Yes, there are places in the world where children dream of furniture and clothing.

Examples: "there are places in the world where people dream up dreams so simply unfantastical and practical they seem to lose all possibility of thinking super things"
"instead they dream of furniture, of buying a new hat, of owning matching silverware, can you imagine that"

Sure the book encourages big dreams and creativity, and has some really great illustrations, ideas and messages in other parts of the book, but lines like "there are places in the world where dreams are almost dead" and "sometimes they even dream of dreams that aren't even their own" are unnecessarily divisive, exclusionary, and negative (a little like this review), pitting "us against them" with its use of "they"... Where are these places in the world? What goes on in the 5 year old's head when hearing about these places? Entire countries? Cities? Which ones?

If this book lost a few pages in the middle and kept more of the message from the beginning and end of the book, and changed its title, it could truly be awesome. Now, off to the licorice-covered flying leather-clad giant praying mantis mobile to feed the dreamy caramel hipster dream vaccines to the world's ordinary...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat theme and a good tool to deal with bad dreams
I found it to be thought provoking for myself. My 2 year old loves the insane illustrations and we plan to use the book if he has bad dreams. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Basia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an awesome story!
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Cordova
4.0 out of 5 stars ... and a friend of a friend gave me this awesome book to read on one...
I am the author of Professor Blue Top Secret Lab Journal and a friend of a friend gave me this awesome book to read on one of my exploring journees. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maria Laskar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great children's book
Published 3 months ago by Mary E. Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful reminder of what dreams are about.
Published 4 months ago by Belcea Bogdan
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes me cry
He is a really wonderful author, and this book is all about the possibilities your kids have in life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Dallas Clayton is my new favorite!
I read this book to my daughter all the time. It has a great message about dreaming big and I love the illustrations. I have bought this book for other kiddos as gifts as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by theacaprea
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME FOR YOUR KIDS
This is the BEST gift I received at my baby shower. The book as the best messaging about dreaming big. It's inspiring and fun to read. I highly recommend it for kids (and adults)!
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars A W E S O M E
Published 7 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite children author
Very good read. great art work. my kids love his books and so do I. reminds me of Dr. Seuss.
Published 8 months ago by mqd123
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More About the Author

My name is Dallas Clayton. I write kids' books. When I was a kid I dreamt about traveling around the world meeting new people every day, having amazing experiences and sharing the stories from those experiences with other new people. That's pretty much what I do now. When I am not doing that, I am writing, drawing, having my mind blown by my nine-year-old child, or jumping into a large body of water. When I am not writing for children, I am writing for adults and the companies that adults run, drawing pictures for adults and reading things out loud to a crowd of strangers. I love strangers.

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