FICTION

Dreamland

illus. by Noah Klocek. 40p. Candlewick. Nov. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763694265.
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RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—Far from dragging her heels, Amelie eagerly looks forward to bedtime—"wrapping up in her favorite blanket" and listening avidly to stories read by her dad. She simply loves to dream. Beginning with an image of the tiny girl racing through the house toward bed with a blanket streaming behind like a superhero's cape, the book captures one of the joys of childhood. Richly colored and softly shadowed digitally created art presents little Amelie's determined search for dream-filled sleep, carrying the moon like a beloved stuffed toy through blanket. Passing shapes within the shadows, ticking clocks, and train whistles, she searches the world until she finds her own dreams in slumber. This title skillfully communicates the persistence of Amelie's search with text and detailed images that reveal the adventurous energy and imagination of a young child.
VERDICT A recommended first purchase for all libraries.

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