Thursday, April 20

Happy Dreamer (Review and Giveaway!)

Continuing with awesome book giveaways here on the blog, I'm lucky enough to share Peter H. Reynolds' newest book! Here's my review and don't forget: enter to win the book and a Doodle Pillowcase below! (Thank you Scholastic for sending me a copy and providing the prize pack!)

Happy Dreamer
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-0545865012
Publisher: Orchard Books
Date of publication: March 28, 2017
Age: 4 - 8 years
Format: ARC from publisher

Themes: imagination, dreaming, individuality

"While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! This empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, readers should stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!"

In an almost autobiographical way, Reynolds has shared a pretty inspirational book about allowing one's self to dream and be creative. It's not so much a story as it is motivation for and celebration of all things imagined. It does touch on the hard times where the world will tell you to sit still or clean up—complete with illustrations void of all color and a sad boy crouched in the corner. While I understand the need for contrast, I do wish Reynolds hadn't made these times quite so depressing; sometimes there are rules that are there for a reason and kids should understand that. It's a small complaint on my part, really, because obviously, this book is all about the daydreamer and celebrating that.

Going back to the illustrations, though—they really are my favorite part. Reynolds has managed to evoke so much emotion and feeling in a motivational text (something not easily illustrated, you know?). There's big bold colors and the bold dreamer parts and soft sweet colors at the soft dreaming get what I mean. The text and art are just so perfectly paired. Overall, it's a sweet book and perfect for encouraging creativity and individuality—a great option when you're looking to inspire kids.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

Peter is a New York Times bestselling children's book author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Judy Moody series, written by Meghan McDonald; The Dot; Ish; Sky Color; and Allison McGhee's Someday, selling more than two million books in over 25 languages around the globe. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother Paul as a social change agency to help move the world to a better place by creating "stories that matter, stories that move." He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family. Learn more in this interview podcast featuring the author!

Enter the giveaway and HAVE HAPPY DREAMS! Let your mind and spirit soar at night! One winner receives:
- Copy of Happy Dreamer
- Doodle pillowcase

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  1. I loved Happy Dreamer! I think this is a perfect book to share with everyone.

  2. I'd doodle flowers! :)


  3. I would probably doodle a bunch of flowers:)

  4. My girls would doodle the sun,stars and flowers

  5. i would doodle sayings/quotes.

  6. Nice.Thank you so much for sharing this.