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At bedtime, a mysterious yellow dot appears above the top of Nasla's wardrobe—the new home for her toys now that she's decided she's too old to sleep with stuffed animals. Could it be Timboubou the elephant, or her hippo with the broken foot? As a wondrous, dreamlike world with dancing moons and swinging elephant trunks emerges from the shadows, she longs to sing and reassure her toys, but she worries that dancing and singing at night is not allowed. When her fear grows too big, she finds comfort in the secret charm under her pillow and falls asleep. The surreal imagery of Nasla's Dream beautifully depicts the imaginary world of a young child learning how to become independent.
About the Author
Cécile Roumiguière's career in stage management brought her to writing. She has written more than twenty picture books. This is her first English language story.
Simone Rea is an Italian illustrator who graduated from the Beaux Arts of Rome who has won several prizes at Bologna Children's Fair. This is his first English language project.
"This book addresses something everyone goes through--scared of the night and seeing things. We let our imaginations run wild which of course only scares us more....This book is perfect for the child getting ready to give up sleeping with a toy or who is having trouble sleeping because of fears."
- Crafty Moms Share
"This French import addresses the fears of the unknown in the night with a perfect resolution, plus a little whimsy thrown in for good measure. The gloom of night, impressively captured, makes this ideal for one-on-one sharing."
- School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"This short, penetrating story by Roumiguière looks at Nasla's first bedtime after she has her father move her stuffed animals to the top of the wardrobe-she's too old to sleep with them, she says....Roumiguière establishes Nasla persuasively as both a child with limited agency and an independent thinker who can solve her own problems, while Rea paints the girl's thoughts and perceptions with remarkable artwork that highlights imagination and dreamlike imagery."
- Publishers Weekly
"The delightfully bizarre, dreamlike illustrations of the girl's fantastical night visions possess a simple elegance. And there's a poignancy to Nasla's decision, after she imagines ominous, long-armed ghosts and giant squids and hears "breathing in the dark," to cling to a small blanket her mother gave her when she was a baby (her "secret charm")-to keep herself safe from the yellow eyes (their source is revealed as feline at the book's close) and the eccentric and surreal creatures she sees in her mind's eye. Trippy and touching."
- Kirkus Reviews
"I did NOT expect my daughter to like this book - but she shockingly did. It teaches some big concepts about letting go of childhood things, taming our imagination, and building safety and security within. Definitely a book that's probably more "appropriate" for 5-7 year olds, but my toddler is a fan."
- Confused Millennial
"Roumiguière's text explores how a young person copes with the decision to put childish things aside, and Rea conveys Nasla's inventive thoughts with vibrant color and surreal effects, like a wavy blue floor. The text and pictures play back and forth with real things (Nasla's stuffed animals) and wondered things (including a wild rumpus-like parade), leaving lots of room for child readers to interpret and imagine for themselves."
- The Horn Book Magazine