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Monday 11 September 2023

Review: An A to Z of Dreaming Differently

Absolutely brilliant, this alphabet of inspiring words and messages pulses with positive energy. Uplifting and engaging, it reinforces how wonderful it is to be yourself.

Its outstanding design and layout, and Lucia Masciullo’s insightful illustrations, complement Tracy Dembo’s excellent text, which weaves itself over the page in capitals and lower case, to portray in a bright and carefree manner, what each letter represents.  

The covers feel like cloth. Smooth to the touch, they entice a look inside.

This is a reading experience which can be a revelation for children who see themselves as separate from others; different.

But different is unique.

An A to Z of Dreaming Differently will appeal to picture book readers of all ages. It speaks of kindness, optimism, and the advantage of exchanging negative feelings for positive ones, or accepting that at times, negative ones will come and go. 

It encourages children to dream and think big; to be full of hope. Ask questions, and be happy with who they are.

I loved this book, filled with joyful words of a future with dreams that generate confidence.

It is ideal for initiating conversations between teachers and students, and parents and children, about why looking at things differently, is a good thing.

Title: An A to Z of Dreaming Differently
Author: Tracy Denbo
Illustrator: Lucia Masciullo
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 8 August 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780143778905
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book