Book Review: Before I Wake Up

Book Review: Before I Wake Up

Before I Wake Up, Prestel, Britta TeckentrupWhat’s Up for Kids received a copy of the new children’s book Before I Wake Up by Britta Teckentrup.  The fresh and original story somehow evoked the feeling you were reading a favorite book that had been a family favorite for generations.  The illustrations with mixed media designs and dreamy muted colors draw the child into the girl’s dream, her faithful stuffed lion ensures nothing will frighten us as we enjoy the adventures we encounter through the night.  This would be a wonderful bed time story for young children, and would be a great addition to any family library.

Created by the world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Britta Teckentrup, Before I Wake Up (Prestel, May 2016) delivers a dreamy, colorful nighttime journey that will captivate and soothe young children everywhere.

In this masterful picturebook, 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. A moon balloon takes the girl home to her bed, where she awakes, snuggled safely next to the lion, who returns to being a stuffed toy. Teckentrup’s collage-like artwork creates a magical world of captivating colors, classic shapes, and softly detailed textures. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams.

About the Author:
Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling The Memory Tree, The Odd One Out and Grumpy Cat, which was selected by the Booktrust’s Bookstart scheme – 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK.

Britta has written and illustrated over 80 children’s picture books which have been published in over 20 different countries. Her fine art work has been displayed in galleries around the world. After 17 years in the UK – Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar.

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

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