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Atlas of Imaginary Places

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This dreamy, gorgeously detailed picture book leads children on a journey to impossible but wonderfully imagined places.

Upside-down mountains, volcanoes that spew bubble gum, a gentle humpback whale keeping an entire city afloat. These and other wonderful worlds may not exist on Earth, but elsewhere--who knows? Each spread of this captivating book invites readers on a fant
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by Prestel Publishing
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cybils
Take a trip to places you never knew existed and didn’t realize you always wanted to visit. Take a trip to a place where penguins (and a bear) play musical instruments. Stop into a land where mountains grow upside down. Hang out in a country where a huge volcano erupts with bubble gum.

Wildly imaginative. Crazy-fun pictures.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Fantasy Lovers / Those Who Dream of Impossible Places
"I fantasize and journey through a world in which the impossible is normal and the possible is jumbled up. Come with me, give me your hand and let's take a peek at a world that only becomes visible when we dream together." So speaks the narrator of this wonderfully fantastic atlas, which describes and depicts such marvels as The Jungle of Hidden Spots, where animals change their coloring every time someone sneezes; The Sleeping Whale, a massive cetaceous creature playing host to an entire city o ...more
Vera Godley
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when someone simply lets their imagination conjure up places to see that have never been seen? What about plants or animals never seen? What would your drawings of a mapping of these places, plants, and animals actually look like?

And what would your "telling" of this imagined place be like?

When author Mia Cassany and illustrator Ana de Lima imagined this imaginary places atlas, they delved into the dream world of upside down worlds of mountains, fish raining from the sky, critters c
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
A beautifully told story that will capture the imagination of any reader. With the awe inspiring illustrations that take the reader visually into the wonderfully written story. I love that this book can be a home library staple or the book within the school where so many lesson plans can be created to accompany it. Kids can draw their own place within this imaginary world and write a story for it. You can have the kids look at the pictures and write what they think happens within each of the pla ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Atlas of Imaginary Places is wondrously whimsical, captivatingly imaginative, and absolutely stunning! Bursting with lush, intricate, colorful, and unexpected illustrations and dreamy text, this picture book will enchant and charm readers of all ages.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually think this book ranks as merely "okay" but decided to be a bit generous in my rating because it has some good points and it feels wrong to be so harsh on a children's book; but I was also tempted to give it 2 stars to counter all the gushing praise and high ratings it seems to have, which I don't understand and feel are undeserved.

On the negative side, the art is kind of flat and not particularly interesting, and done in a color palette that I don't find particularly appealing. In pl
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

How do you not love a book that came together over coffee and carrot cake? An Atlas of Imaginary Places came together when author Mia Cassany and Ana de Lima did just that; talking about the places they pictured in their minds and dreams, they came up with "colors and languages for an atlas that would never exist... Or would it?" Bursting with color, islands, and mountains; with animals that change their coats every time someone sneezes, and volcanoes that spit lava made of bubble gum, the place
Simona GB
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 30-children
I didn't really get this one. Because it is set to challenge children to think outside the box, but ... wait! Children don't think inside the box. The assumption is wrong. My child wasn't impressed at all that the elephant had the skin of a giraffe. He was like: "so what? He can have any skin he wants."
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This beautiful picture book is perfect for reading before bedtime to set up your child for imaginative dreams while they sleep. Or read this book before they head off to the land of make-believe for lots of playtime inspiration.

From volcanoes that spew bubble gum to animals that change their coats whenever someone sneezes, this book is full of imagination. The dreamy illustrations are soothing and yet full of mystery. Imagine your child climbing to the tallest lighthouse and drawing out new gala
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Cassany, Mia An Atlas of Imaginary Places, illustrated by Ana de Lima. PICTURE BOOK. Prestel, 2018. $20.



The places we imagine in our dreams can sometimes feel as real as the world we live in, but be a lot more fantastical. This wonderful book takes readers to places in an imaginary world with vivid and detailed illustrations.

I like a lot about this book. Its whimsical and beautifully illustrated--giving readers a lo
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
From the publication page: "Ana de Lima illustrated these marvelous oddities just as she had imagined them in her mind. Mia Cassany wrote about these places just as she had pictured them in her dreams. One day, both of them sat down together for some coffee and carrot cake. They talked about maps and came up with colors and languages for an atlas that would never exist like this. Or would it?"

I love the idea of this book. It would make a great jumping-off point for kids to design their own place
Jonathan Currinn
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Entering in a dream space this book allows for imagination to run wild and although it's a great idea for a children's book it just didn't work for me. There's text running throughout with short sentences but one or two of them don't make any sense - maybe if they were rhyming couplets this would be more interesting but the sentences try to explain what's going on rather than letting the image say a thousand words.

It's certainly cool and it does take you to a whole different land to immerse your
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Atlas of Imaginary Places by Mia Cassany may be one of the most beautiful books that I have ever seen. The artistry is stunning. My son's favorite page is the one that features a city on top of a whale. The myth is that the sleeping whale will wake up as soon as everyone is asleep--but the city never sleeps. I've read this book several times, and I just can't get enough of it. It is truly a stunning text. I'd love to use this in an art class. It's quite inspiring. I intend to do a full review of ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book that would be better served by better quality paper. The dull, flat paper in the book really detracts from the overall quality of the illustrations. And this is nothing if it is not about the illustrations. A glossy, thick paper would have done wonders to the pictures in this book.
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book the reader is taken to fifteen very different fantastical, imaginary places. Colourful, whimsical, beautiful, and totally not possible, but fun through stunning illustrations.
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May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Atlas of Imaginary Places takes the reader to the most amazing dream world.

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May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book to a four year-old friend of mine, and he was absolutely entranced!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely picture book that pairs geography with fantasy
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