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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journeyby Emily Winfield Martin
Saturday, March 08, 2014 11:00 AM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
Dream Animals is a lullaby of a children's book filled with lovely, old-fashioned, sometimes quirky imagery and rhyming verse. This sweet tale asks the questions, what is your dream animal and where will it take you?
Synopses & Reviews
Ideal for bed time reading, this book will appeal to parents and children who love Grandfather Twilight and On the Night That You Were Born. Author, illustrator, and creator of The Black Apple Etsy shop, Emily Martin convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be — and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.
"A boy dreams that his teddy bear gets supersized and carries him off to a magical kitchen, where he plays chef to Humpty Dumpy, a robot, and a friendly ogre. A girl snuggles with a stuffed narwhal and soon she is 'Beneath the seven seas,' attending a tea party with mermaids. 'Whatever dream you visit/ When night replaces day,/ Your furred, or finned, or feathered friend/ Will surely know the way,' writes Martin (Oddfellow's Orphanage), who runs the popular Black Apple store on Etsy. 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 (a scene in an 'elfin hollow,' in which the young dreamer is crowned with a garland during a sort of jamboree, is particularly Germanic in mood). Martin's rhymes are literal and don't make much of an impression, but her pictures, which skirt sentimentality despite their cherubic aesthetic, will take firm grip of readers' imaginations as they make their own ways to dreamland. Ages 25. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Enchanting....Little ones won't mind curling up, thanks to the lovely whimsical illustrations." Parents Magazine
"Tender and dark, this brings to mind the dark and wooded world of classic fairy tales — but with a refreshingly quirky twist." The Atlantic Wire
"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." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Emily Winfield Martin sketches, paints, and stitches to create imaginary worlds and characters. She is the author/illustrator of The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer. Her store, The Black Apple, has been featured in national publications and on TV shows, including the New York Times and The Martha Stewart Show. The inspiration for Oddfellow's Orphanage, Emily's first book for children, came from the real I.O.O.F. (Independent Order of Oddfellows), dancing bears, ragtime music, and magic and mysterium of all sorts. Originally, Emily painted portraits of the children and adults at the imaginary orphanage, and from the portraits the stories emerged — enough to fill a book!
Emily lives among the giant fir trees of Portland, Oregon, with her fellow adventurer, Josiah, and their cat Miette.
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