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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,725 ratings  ·  274 reviews
From the New York Times bestseller of The Wonderful Things You Will Be is Emily Winfield Martin's first book for little dreamers.

Ideal for bed time reading, Dream Animals convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistib
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Dave Schaafsma
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
"Or will you sail on moth wings
To the edges of the blue
To find the very moon and stars
Are waiting just for you?"

Donovan's review of this nudged me to read it. The idea is this: When you fall asleep, it is dream animals that take you to the amazing dreamland (too far to go it alone, sleepy little feet are too tired, and they can read the starlight maps). Sweet idea, sweet poem, sweet illustrations by the author!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ryder-reads
So far this is my favorite children's book that I've read with Ryder.

The illustrations are beautiful and the writing is perfect. Every single time I pull this book down Ryder gets excited, smiles and reaches for it.

Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the most gorgeous illustrations i saw in a picture book. ❤❤❤❤


Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I bought this book on the whim for my little boy and was very pleasantly surprised. In it's basic it is a lovely bedtime story, great for that bed time reading. The premise is, when the children go to sleep, what will their dream animal be and what kind of a dream will it carry them too. Love the rhyming of the storytelling, the writing is lovely and the illustrations are simply beautiful. I really enjoyed it myself and will be adding this book to our night time collections reading. So glad I di ...more
So exquisite! I hope this author writes 100 more books.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful images, full of whimsy.
Danielle Long
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This book illustrations are just beautiful! The story is very lyrical and I just fell in love with it. It's one of those book you want to memorize and tell back to a child. A must for me to have when my nephew comes over. ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whimsical rhymes and illustrations, one of my favorite bedtime books to read to my daughter.
This has fast become a family favorite!
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Good Bedtime Books for Young Fairy-Tale Lovers
"There are animals from long ago / And twice as far away. / Their maps are made of starlight / And can't be seen by day. / These creatures are the reason / dreamers get where dreamers go. / Dreamland is too far to run / And sleepy feet, too slow." And so begins this lovely bedtime book, in which a series of dream animals help children on their way to their dreams, sharing in the pleasures of elfland, of a tea party with mermaids, and of a circus almost entirely run by animals. As the narrator co ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I might be a little biased as I read this book when I got to meet the two new additions to my family, my Grand-Nephew Ezra & Grand-Niece Eva, so I was is a particularly happy mood. But this is still a delightful story of kids heading off into the land of dreams with the animal companions (who were, most often, their stuffed animal of choice) to guide them and keep them company. This would an excellent bedtime story and the pictures are as gorgeous as the story is wonderful.
Shawn Thrasher
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved these illustrations so much I wanted to fall asleep so I could ride one of these dreams animals to the fantastic places Emily Winfield Martin has dreamed up for us (please let it be the fox). Something I else I loved was that this wasn't the land of blonde white children either – children of color can easily find themselves. Beautiful bedtime book. ...more
Matthew Nelson
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Or will you sail on moth wings, to the edges of the blue....”

Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Too twee for me. I'm not surprised to see that the author is childless. And who has dreams this organized and lovely, anyway? The only one that resembles the kinds of dreams I know about is the first boy: "Perhaps a bear will carry you to meet peculiar friends... who set their misfit table for a feast that never ends." If this is successful in your family, yay you. Personally, I think Go the Fuck to Sleep (though I've not read it) is more fitting more often. ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Children.
This remains one of the most beautiful children's books of all time. A clear winner for young children. ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly beautiful children's book !! ...more
Galatea Vita
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful paintings. So pretty.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lush illustrations accompanied by a lyrical and dreamy bedtime poem. Makes me wish my boys were younger.
OMG! This is the sweetest story before bedtime!
Amazing idea, attractive picturing and joyful rhymes:

"Whatever dream you visit
when night places day,
Your furred, or finned, or feathered friend
Will surely know the way."

Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly what dreams are made of.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations and imagery that got my 3 year imagining and talking about so many things!!
Blake Williams
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the pictures and the rhyming! Dreams have endless possibilities!
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want to go to the Dreamland!!!
Miranda Cunningham

Beautiful illustrations. Nice rhythm. Very Imaginative. We enjoy the book over and over. Love the giant animal guides. Bunny and cat are our favorite
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of young children - for read aloud
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Emily Martin.
Another wonderful, whimsical book for a child or child-at-heart's dreamy book collection. Emily Marin always inspires and delights. ...more
La Coccinelle
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I love picture books with beautiful illustrations. This book has plenty of those!

The basic premise here is that dreamers are carried to dreamland by one of a number of friendly animals. Along with a pretty decent rhyming narrative, there are illustrations throughout: monochrome blue ones that depict the sleeping children in "real life" and full-colour ones that depict their fantastical travels in dreamland.

I hadn't read anything by this author/illustrator before, but now I'm intrigued. There is
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Martin, Emily Winfield Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey. PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2013. $17.99. Content: G.

In this whimsical and appealingly odd journey, animals escort children into Dreamland and help them explore the unique and enchanting world of each dream.

Oh, how I love this book. It is easily one of my family's favorite picture books. The reassuring message portrays dreams as a fanciful, interesting worlds, and the rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud. The illustrations perfectly m
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know you will want to add this stunningly illustrated, charmingly worded title to your bedtime collection. Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin, Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey is a perfect example of bookmaking at its finest. The jacket, cover, endpapers, illustrations throughout and text work together in harmony singing a lullaby readers will want to hear over and over.

My full review:
Linda Lipko

A wonderful tale of what happens to children when they sleep. The incredibly beautiful images highlight the story of dream animals who appear and take the child to a magical place far above the clouds. Each child is assigned a specific dream animal of their choosing. How I love this book. Beginning with a lovely cover that included spot UV lamination to make the images pop off the page, and draw the reader into the wonderful pages.

Rarely have I found a book this lush, this stunning!
Sara Grochowski
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In DREAM ANIMALS by Emily Winfield Martin "Dreamland is too far to run and sleepy feet, too slow" so magical animals carry children within their dreams on adventures and to fantastic, whimsical locales. A wonderful bedtime story, DREAM ANIMALS is filled with soft, comforting images sure to welcome good dreams to tired tots. ...more
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Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. She is the author and illustrator of Day Dreamers (forthcoming, 2014), Dream Animals (2013), Oddfellow's Orphanage (2012) and The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer (2010). When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to ill ...more

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