Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Pajamas of My Dreams, by Laurie Collins (illustrated by Margie Florini)

The Pajamas of My Dreams
Author: Laurie Collins
Illustrator: Margie Florini
Publisher: Three Bean Press
Publication Date: February 28, 2013
Source: NetGalley

I love that this book was published to support Cradles to Crayons, a charity in Boston and Philadelphia that provides children from low-income and zero-income situations with essentials they need to thrive, including diapers, art supplies and of course pajamas. But even more than that, I love that this book would be marvellous whether I knew about the charity connection or not.

The premise is simple but engaging. Each child in the book goes to sleep in a pair of their favourite pajamas, the ones that help them dream about the future they most want. Some dream of cakes and pastries and growing up to be a baker, while others dream of insects and spiders and growing up to be an entomologist.


The illustrations are lush and evocative and are even available as prints on the book's website:

Magda's favourite part: "Everything except the bugs. I don't want to dream about bugs! Maybe frogs would be okay though. Can I have new frog pajamas?"

My favourite part: All of it. I loved all of it.


When Mermaids Sleep
Shadows on My Wall
Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats
In the Tree House

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