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Before I Wake Up...

Britta Teckentrup



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Prestel Verlag
01 November 2021
Now available in paperback this book by the world-renowned children's author and illustrator Britta Teckentrup is a dreamy, colorful nighttime journey that will captivate and soothe young children everywhere. A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean's depths and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. Then it is time for the moon balloon to take the girl home to her bed, where she awakes, snuggled safely next to the lion, who returns to being a stuffed toy. Award-winning children's illustrator Britta Teckentrup's collage-like artwork creates a magical world of captivating colours, classic shapes and softly detailed textures. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams. Exquisitely produced, this book is certain to become a bedtime favourite for children and their parents. AGES: 4 to 8 AUTHOR: Britta Teckentrup has written and illustrated more than seventy children's books, which have been published in more than twenty countries. Her books include The Seedling that Didn't Want to Grow, The Egg, Birds and Their Feathers, Oskar and Mo, and Cat & Mouse (all by Prestel). She lives in Berlin.
By:   Britta Teckentrup
Imprint:   Prestel Verlag
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 240mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   232g
ISBN:   9783791374987
ISBN 10:   3791374982
Pages:   56
Publication Date:   01 November 2021
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Britta Teckentrup is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books, including Oskar Loves . . ., Oskar and Mo, Oskar Can . . ., Before I Wake Up, The Egg, Birds and Their Feathers, and The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow (all published by Prestel). She lives in Berlin.

Reviews for Before I Wake Up...

A little girl dreams and is accompanied in her dream travels by her stuffed lion friend, who becomes real. He holds her when she is frightened and goes with her, traveling on foot, flying and sailing. They meet all sorts of wild creatures that are friendly. But when the morning's light comes, they run through the red jungle back home to bed where a new day begins. The story is written in rhyme and is a reassuring explanation of dreams for the very young. --News & Record Britta Teckentrup['s]...illustrations are as magically wonderful as ever . . . Teckentrup establishes a dream landscape in a variety of ways. Sometimes the narrator is seen multiple times on a page, sometimes she seems to float across the page . . . While I am a big fan of Teckentrup's style, I think that my favorite thing about Before I Wake Up... is the book itself . . . This gorgeously designed printed on thick matte paper with a sturdy paper-over-board cover and stitched binding that makes reading it a multi-sense experience. Before I Wake Up... is a memorable book that children will cherish, but also one that makes a beautiful gift. Before I Wake Up... is a touching bedtime progression of dream images that contains a reassuring core concept of feeling safe, loved and protected through a journey of slumber. Stunning, soft dark textured colors pervade the collage-like artwork, following a girl and her lion companion through exploring many new places, meeting wild animals in a wood on a mysterious path. The girl is unafraid, for her lion companion looms large by her side, always protecting her. Although the girl is tempted to stay in the night wood, she feels the night lightening towards a new day, and runs with her brave lion out of the red jungle toward morning's light. The girl says goodbye to her nighttime companion and travels, and is transported magically to a wonderful new day, with her favorite stuffed lion toy companion still by her side. Before I Wake Up... is filled with poetic imagery and quiet thoughts that have deep appeal to young children, especially at bedtime. --Midwest Book Review Written in poetry fashion, I like the contrasting colors and art. Perhaps best for very young children. --Hooked on Books Britta Techentrup's work is utterly sublime and we are never disappointed by her offerings, but her latest book Before I Wake Up... has to be one of our favorites to date. --Picturebooks Blogger

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