Dream Animals and Day Dreamers

I love Emily Winfield Martin's dreamlike art. If I had the extra money (and wall space), I would cover my house with whimsical prints from her Etsy shop. (I'm thinking about getting this one. Or this one...) I love Inside A Black Apple, her beautiful blog, and I still miss Some Girls Wander, her blog about old things. (Those vintage dresses!) I loved Oddfellow's Orphanage, and her paperdoll primer.

I am a fangirl. 

So now that I have her second picture book, Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination, in my possession (finally!), it's time for me to gush.

Because these picture books are beautiful.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin.
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Little Sis received Dream Animals for Christmas 2013. In fact, I think she unwrapped it at the same time I was opening this one!

This is such a special book for bedtime. I love the idea of children dreaming about riding giant animals through the sky.

And that's really all there is to it. The gentle rhyming text sings you to dreamland, with visions like these filling your head. What could be more perfect?

The old-fashioned art reminds me of 1930s color cartoons, like Ub Iwerks's "Humpty Dumpty" or Fleischers' "Somewhere in Dreamland." I think it's the color palette.

As I said above, I'm a little slow, but this week, we finally read the second picture book. I might like it better than Dream Animals.

Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination by Emily Winfield Martin.
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014.

In this book, we see children first in the real world, inspired by something - a cloud, a painting - that makes their imagination take flight. The following page shows them in their daydream.

Once again, the simple text and premise is a catalyst for some spectacular art.

Is that gushy enough for you? I'm not a reviewer so much as an enthusiastic person happily showing you things that make her happy. And these make me happy.

There are some fun activities over at the Random House Kids page: printables, ecards, a storytime kit. Martin's third picture book comes out this August. She talked about it here. She also posted about editing a proper novel, larger than Oddfellow's, so I'm looking forward to that, as well.

More dreaminess tomorrow, this time courtesy of another favorite of mine, Giselle Potter.

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  1. I'm a fangirl too!!!!!!!!!! Big time!!!! So much love. Did you know she's writing another novel, I think? (for kids) (i think). I'm so thrilled if that's true!!!

    1. Yep! I'm excited for that one, too. A while back she said something about a sequel to Oddfellow's Orphanage, too, unless I imagined it.

  2. I adore her work. So beautiful!!!! I'm a fangirl too!


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