If I Had a Little Dream

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Product Description A Spring 2017 Indie Next Selection Nina Laden’s warm and lyrical picture book sees and appreciates through a child’s eyes how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. Celebrate the wonder of the world in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Our world is full of possibilities if you look for them. Amazon.com Review Behind the Scenes with Illustrator Melissa Castrillon From School Library Journal PreS-K—In a rhyming, lyrical bedtime book, a pigtailed child with rosy cheeks dreams up imaginary people, places, and things. Each is the subject of a quatrain that is phrased in a soothing and pleasant rhythm, adding to the precious and endearing quality of the text. The verses follow the same pattern: "If I had a little book,/I would name it Friend./Friend would go wherever I went,/our story would never end." While Laden does not describe the objects themselves as otherworldly, Castrillon creates a dreamlike tone with her pencil illustrations, which swirl with detail in deep blues, burnt oranges, browns, and reds. The objects and backgrounds are slightly surreal, some with a Seussian feel. The child is surrounded by intricate trees, peculiar plants, and curious forest creatures. Dream threads appear as winding blue vines from the child's head. The pages are pleasantly constructed, with a balance of smaller symmetrical vignettes and half and full spreads. The final page shows the child in the arms of a loving adult caregiver and offers the message, "If I had a little dream,/I would name it You./You would make life magical,/where wishes do come true." VERDICT A sweet bedtime selection where the illustrations are the star. Purchase for medium and large collections.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA Review "Rhyming stanzas explore the notion of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary ...Easy on the eyes and ears; excellent for bedtime."  Kirkus Reviews -- Kirkus Reviews ― November 1, 2016 "A genial, dreamy girl narrates a sweet world of possibility in this cozy bedtime read....Taken together, the lulling lines and lovely artwork cultivate a snug, welcoming atmosphere ideal for one-on-one sharing before saying good night." — Booklist -- Booklist ― November 15, 2016 "Illustrator Castrillon debuts with a splash....Castrillon’s artwork carries the words to a place where birds bring tea and cupcakes to the window, thistly flowers grow as high as trees, and houses are just the right size for a single child. She’s a talent to watch. " Publishers Weekly -- Publishers Weekly ― 11/21/16 "Castrillon creates a dreamlike tone with her pencil illustrations,..A sweet bedtime selection." School LIbrary Journal -- School Library Journal ― January 2017 A Spring 2017 Indie Next Selection About the Author Nina Laden is the author-illustrator of many books for kids, including the Peek-a series;  Who Loves You, Baby?;  The Night I Followed the Dog; and  Yellow Kayak. She lives with her husband on Lummi Island, Washington. Visit her online at NinaLaden.com. Melissa Castrillon is a freelance illustrator currently based in Cambridge, England. She grew up in a small town called Hitchin before moving to Cambridge where she earned a First-Class Honors degree in illustration. In 2014 she earned a master’s degree in children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She is the illustrator of  If I Had a Little Dream, Yellow Kayak, and Dear Little One, and the author-illustrator of  The Balcony.


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