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Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,899 ratings  ·  289 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.

Fatma Al Zahraa Yehia
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!
"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 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations.. oh my god! ❤ I had my eye only for them in this book. Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful!
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
This remains one of the most beautiful children's books of all time. A clear winner for young children. ...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.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-adult
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."

Michael Sands
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful and reads very well. It won't serve much of a purpose other than having a fun bedtime story with animals but that is the only purpose it needs to serve. My daughter, almost two, would rate this a 6 of 5 if she had an account. ...more
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!!!
Drake Terry
Jul 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute book, with beautiful illustrations.
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
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
Feb 12, 2022 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the whimsy of the artwork and the dreamlike quality of the pose in this book. Baby just thought it was "ok" so maybe we'll revisit it again in a year. ...more
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
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Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. 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 illustrate those peculiar daydreams, and after college, she created a cottage industry called The Black Apple, which sells all manner of art and etceteras.

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