CAN, JP, US, INT)
Written by: Dan Bar-El
Illustrated by: Kirsti Anne Wakelin
Published by: Simply Read Books
Published on: September 1, 2013
I prefer the look and feel of paper picture books. But when there is a book you are looking forward to so much, waiting for it to be shipped from overseas really ramps up the anticipation. I've been waiting for this book for months. It finally shipped in September and just arrived here in Japan this week.
It was well worth the wait. This is an absolutely amazing picture book.
The book takes us through a the dreams of children in a number of different places around the world. From India and Ganesh to the animal spirits of the Haida Gwai in Canada, children float through the dream world.
The fluidity of the artwork is a definite highlight. Every single illustration is deep and beautiful, and the transitions between the cultures are all really well done. Wakelin imbues each piece of art with the essence of the culture featured while never dropping out of the dreamscape.
This started out as one of my most anticipated books of 2013 and now it is definitely one of my favourites.