Publication Date: February 21, 2013
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[Reminiscent] of the classic 'Goodnight Moon' with its haunting, twilight-inflected color scheme.” The New York Times Book Review
You Byun’s sparkling debut establishes her as a major picture book talent.
Melody has the most wonderful friend in her dreams. They do all sorts of magical things together. But when Melody wakes up, she’s back in the real world, where she hasn’t yet made a friend. Then her dream friend inspires her to make some moves that help Melody’s dream of friendship come true.
Ms. Byun's art is full of delightful details and fantastic scenes that children will want to pore over again and again.
You Byun (www.youbyun.com) grew up in the US, Japan and Korea, and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and magazines, and her portfolio received both the SCBWI's Portfolio Award and Tomie dePaola Illustration Award. Dream Friends is her first picture book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
* “Byun’s debut establishes this young artist as a remarkably polished talent. Her illustrations are the book’s raison d’être. . . . Byun’s warm, grainy spreads have the look of lino prints, and her detailed drawing creates an atmosphere of visual abundance. . . . Combined with an instinctive knowledge of objects that please children, Byun has created a diminutive paradise, a bedtime destination that children will want to visit again and again.”
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The unusual color palette, swirling peach and gold and violet and turquoise during the fantasy scenes, sets this book apart, as do debut author Byun’s textured, retro-style illustrations. A visual wonderland from an artist to watch.”
“Soft sunset colors and unusual imagery welcome readers into a child’s dream world. . . . Swirly, expressive spot and full-bleed art. . . . This gentle story celebrates imagination and bravery in new circumstances.”
-School Library Journal
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