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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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You only have to close your eyes / And when you snuggle in . . . / You’ll be carried to your dream tonight / On wing or paw or fin. As children cuddle up with their special stuffed animal in their cozy beds, dreams come to carry them off on adventures. One boy’s bear takes him to bake fabulous pastries to serve to some peculiar fairy tale friends. A girl encircled by fireflies rides a red fox to a magical forest, where she plays the banjo with an elf orchestra hidden in an underground hollow. 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. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Lolly Gepson
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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Emily Martin is our new beloved author and illustrator! My husband is an artist in the film/animation industry (also writer) and he was wowed by her work and in awe. The ultimate judge though, is our daughter, who is 2 and 4 months. She is an extremely picking bedtime book reader.
Some of her favourites include:
Bear Snores On
Steam Train Dream Train (close to the top of the list now) Steam Train, Dream Train
The Big Red Barn
The Wonderful Things You Will Be (by Emily Martin)
The Goodnight Train The Goodnight Train
Goodnight Moon (no longer in top 4 but was for a year)
Journey (by Aaron Becker) Journey
Bedtime in the Meadow
Side note: all of Emily Winfield Martin’s books are GORGEOUS, so if you like Dream Animals, check out the others!