Florabelle by Sasha Quinton, illustrated by Brigette Barrager,
with photographs by Michel Tcherevkoff.
HarperCollins, 2015.

This week is Dream Week on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes, for no other reason than I have a stack of books with a dream vibe going on. Isn't this cover lovely? I love Brigette Barrager! Florabelle is about a little daydreamer whose daydreaming gets her into trouble.

"Keep your head out of the clouds!" her mother always tells her.
But Florabelle was much too busy dreaming to listen. "I bet it's beautiful up there..."

Florabelle's daydreaming makes her miss breakfast. It makes her miss the bus to school. It makes her family very, very mad.

Her parents threaten to take away their trip to the beach, but Florabelle promises to be serious. She is much too excited to see the ocean for the first time.

The family heads to the beach, but suddenly, Florabelle isn't excited anymore. The sea isn't what she expected. She prefers to stay on the sand..

In the end, however, it's Florabelle's wild imagination that helps her overcome her fears.

This is such a sweet book. I think the message is important for grown-ups: Sometimes your little dreamer may drive you crazy, but those dreams just may help them someday. It's all about balance, right?

And these illustrations! Brigette Barrager is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Her glorious art is collaged with Michel Tcherevkoff's flower photographs, and the result is daydreamy magic. Kirkus called it "candy-coated," which is an apt description.  

I'll have more dreaminess for you tomorrow! Hope to "see" you then!

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  1. Florabelle is so sweet and a kindred spirit! Gorgeous illustrations too!


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