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An Awesome Book! Hardcover – March 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062114689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062114686
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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.

Customer Reviews

Has great messages for developing children.
andreaak
Wonderful inspirational story and beautiful illustrations.
Andrew Calder
I highly recommend this book for any child and adults too!
Marion Sachs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Baumann on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Andrew Calder on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Cakes on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Madigan McGillicuddy on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By Colin Gray on 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 By aduke289 on 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 By Leanne on February 13, 2013
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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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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. S. Nelson on 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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