Happy dreamer

Peter H. Reynolds, 1961-

Book - 2017

A "dreamer maximus" describes the many ways one can dream, and the importance of being a happy dreamer.

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Picture books
New York : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc 2017.
Main Author
Peter H. Reynolds, 1961- (author)
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Be you x 2. Dream deeply. Breathe. Show the world who you are. Colorful end pages filled with affirmations set the tone for this empowering book. A child of unspecified gender floats, spins, dances, and soars through the pages, celebrating the power of self-expression. Although adults may have reasons for telling a child to Sit still. Be quiet. Pay attention. Focus, the child explains, Sometimes my mind just takes flight. The story demonstrates that moods and inspiration can change quickly, and an exuberant child may need some time to think quietly, too. As an exploration of emotions, impulses, and creativity, the book could help children identify why they feel the way they do, and help others understand why people may respond to events differently. A four-page gatefold illustration includes 48 small vignettes exploring ways to dream and types of happiness. The message of acceptance and patience comes through clearly, and the exhortation to carve your own path and show the world who you are will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt misunderstood.--Whitehurst, Lucinda Copyright 2016 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Reynolds (Playing from the Heart) returns to familiar inspirational territory as he celebrates individuality, self-expression, and the joys of being a dreamer. A shaggy-haired boy narrates, explaining that while the world often tells him to "sit still" and "be quiet," "my dreams have a mind of their own." He's initially shown sitting at a gray desk in a gray classroom, but a swirl of color beckons, and soon he's leaping across a spread, accompanied by music notes and bursts of cheerful color. Throughout, Reynolds's hand-lettered text and airy cartoons dance across the pages, capturing the freewheeling workings of the child's mind, and a gatefold showcases children showing off dozens of way to be happy (a "nature happy" girl on a hike, an "art happy" painter) or dreamers (such as a "stage dreamer" midperformance). While Reynolds's encouragements can get generic at times ("Sometimes... I'm a colorful dreamer,/ painting my own path/ full of surprises at every turn!"), he offers a liberating validation of dreaming as restorative, comforting, and powerful, while giving kids full license to be themselves. Ages 4-8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A pajama-clad child is a self-proclaimed happy dreamer, good at "daydreams. Big dreams. Little dreams. Creative dreams." The child demonstrates different ways to dream, acknowledging that sometimes dreaming is easy but that there are lonely moments, too. The secret is to find a way out and get back to dreaming. This celebratory book finishes on a motivational note: "But the best way to be a happy dreamer? Just be YOU." The digital illustrations feature loose linework and soft, swirling pastels. As in many of Reynolds's books, the text is hand lettered. A large foldout reveals a plethora of kids participating in various activities: "nature happy," "kindness happy," "civic dream," and "vision dreamer." Although some illustrations pop from the page, others, showing literal visual translations of the text, are less engaging. The work aims to be uplifting and rousing, but the never-ending stream of inspirational keywords and phrases result in a sentimental, clichéd free verse poem. Unfortunately, this title lacks the narrative arc and originality of Reynolds's earlier titles, such as Ish and Sky Color. VERDICT An additional purchase for large libraries, or a lovely graduation gift.-Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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