By Justine Avery
Publisher: Suteki Creative
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2019
Release Date: October 17, 2019
What Wonders Do You See… When You Dream? by Justine Avery is quiet simply a beautiful children's book whose artwork is matched by the eloquent story that runs throughout. While this simple narrative of getting ready for bed and the dreams to come could have produced a rather boring and banal story, Justine Avery has transformed it into a literary journey perfect for any bedtime.
The idea of including everything a child has to go through, such as brushing teeth and finding pajamas, is ingenious as the child can relate to every aspect of the story. It wouldn't be surprising if What Wonders Do You See… When You Dream? becomes a regular addition to their night-time ritual. Avery has not only created a fantastic and beautiful piece of children's literature but a way for a parent to strengthen the bond with their child. Around the breakfast table they will happily discuss what adventures and wonders they saw the night before.
We all know how difficult it can be to get children to go to bed and sleep throughout the night, and this book makes that entire process just that little bit easier. The melodic tone throughout the book almost acts like a lullaby sending the children off into their adventure filled dreams.
The fluid rhyming makes this a natural for reading aloud while the re-readability of the book will have both parent and child glued to the pages.
"Bedtime is magical. Bedtime is wondrous. Bedtime is best when you're feeling slumberous."
Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can't even predict herself.
Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She's intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final "job"—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she's never looked back.
Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says "eh"—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.
Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say "hello"—or konnichiwa.
She connects with readers online on her website, Twitter and Goodreads.
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