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Franklin's Big Dreams Hardcover – August 10, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 One ordinary night, during his bedtime routine, Franklin gets a huge surprise: a construction crew comes crashing through the wall of his room. A foreman informs the surprised boy that he should be asleep, then continues with his work, laying tracks. While Franklin watches from the safety of his bed, a train comes whistling through, carrying some familiar faces. After it trundles away, the crew breaks up the track, leaving Franklin to a dream of rushing along train tracks through a moonlit forest. A week later, the same thing happens, only this time with a plane and later, a huge cruise ship. With each episode, Franklin spots a recognizable face onboard the vehicle, then has a dream of traveling to fantastic lands on wings or ocean waves. The next time his wall is breached, he finally catches on. He dictates where he would like to go in this dream sequence: a big round moon peeking through his window gives his destination away. While this is an interesting concept, it takes several readings to understand exactly what is going on in the bedroom. The illustrations, however, are quite beautiful, and the cool palette and soft lines add to the dreamy feel of the story. Each spread is more magnificent then the next, helping to build to the out-of-this-world conclusion. Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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*Starred Review* In this fantastical debut, Teague imagines how dreams are made from the point of view of a young boy and his dog. Night after night, construction crews break into Franklin's bedroom to build train tracks, a runway, and a canal; they're all deconstructed before the break of day after some massive conveyance has rolled through Franklin's room, eerily carrying people he knows, including one little boy who looks rather familiar. “Nobody knows how this works!” the construction worker admits—and we don't need to know, either. It's the mystery that makes this so imaginative and fresh. Kulikov's dramatic paintings feature a chiaroscuro effect; Franklin's nighttime room is portrayed in navy blues and subdued colors, while warm yellow light pours from the towering forms of the train, jet, and boat. Alert readers will notice the parallel little dog that appears in the dreams, just as, of course, the little boy who looks familiar turns out to be Franklin himself. The randomness of the folks who people Franklin's dreams—the mailman, the checkout lady from the supermarket, and his uncle Marty, for instance—evokes exactly the arbitrary whimsy of dreams. Preschool-Grade 1. --Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423119193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423119197
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Dickinson, talking about the power of imagination, said, "There is no frigate like a book, / to take us lands away." And this couldn't be a truer or more apt description of what happens when you read David Teague's book "Franklin's Big Dreams." This beautifully written and illustrated picture book explores the world of dreams and fantasy from the point of view of a boy named Franklin and his dog. As Franklin falls asleep, a construction crew bursts through his bedroom wall. Nights they work building tracks, a runway, a canal - all the paths that take Franklin by train, jet, or boat, from his daytime world into the world of the gorgeous, wild, and powerful night. The book captures the beauty and mystery of dreams; it's filled with the details of Franklin's daily life transformed through the power of the sleeping mind.

I bought the book for my nieces who are three and five. I'm planning on buying more copies for the kids on my Christmas list. This is just a beautiful bedtime book.
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I am an aunt, a great-aunt, a surrogate auntie, and I have some training in library science. I recommend this for library story-time and parent-child reading! This book is worth every penny. David Teague clearly has kids and knows how to appeal to their imaginations! This is a great book for reading aloud and has wonderful illustrations. A great bed-time book. Check it out, and you, like me, will want to buy it for your favorite little ones and young readers, too. A very fun story!
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I have no kids of my own, but do buy children's books not only for my nieces and nephews, but suggest material for clinic waiting rooms. Teague's 'Franklin' is a great story not only for these populations, but for those of us who read to kids.

'"Nobody knows how this works!" the construction worker admits....'

It's like 'Inception' for kids. ....a little less confusing.

The writing is solid, the story is good and the illustrations by Kulikov are very well done.

You don't have to be a kid (or have them) to enjoy the book. Check it out.
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As the parent of a seven-year-old and a four-year-old, I'm always looking for books that stand up to bedtime after bedtime. Franklin's Big Dreams is just exactly that kind of book- the story strikes the delicate balance between a plot that grabs your attention the first time through and a theme that leaves plenty of space for imagination on repeat readings. The art is stunning but not distracting, creating just the right feel for Franklin's nocturnal adventures.
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This book is lovingly told and captured the attention of my 7 year old boy - which is NOT easy to do these days, unless you are passing gas. So it was a joy to have a well told story with nice art as part of our bed time reading. I regret that I can only give this book 5 stars, it should be double. Go buy it, insist your library house it, and look for it in your schools.
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