Kids Review: IF YOU ARE THE DREAMER (Kristen Balouch)



About This Book:

A sweet ode to dreams of all kinds.

If you are the squirrel, I am the tree. If you are the traveler, I am the sea. If you are the writer, I am the nook. If you are the reader, I am the book.

In simple poetic language, a child is reassured that no matter what or where they are, they will never be alone.


*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer*

Sweet and lovely picture book
IF YOU ARE THE DREAMER is a lovely picture book that encourages children that they are never truly alone. The book proposes various scenarios in which the reader is always with them, such as “if you are the reader, I am the book” and “if you are the snail, I am the shell.” This comforting poem encourages children to dream big and always understand that their loved ones are with them. Each page holds a line of the poem leading up to the title text.

What I loved: This is a really sweet book with a lovely message of love surrounding all the time. Written in a poem, the book proposes various scenarios in which the reader will always be with them. This leads up to the dreaming scenario and feels just right for bedtime with a lot of sweetness, comfort, and reassurance. The illustrations are really lovely and detailed with adorable animals and plenty to visually explore on each page. While the pages could turn quickly, as each spread only includes one line, this could be enjoyed at a reader’s own pace with extra time to explore each of the images. This would work well for toddlers and preschoolers, though older readers may enjoy it as well.

This is a sweet and simple read to be enjoyed aloud with young children. The text is large and in a clear font. Most pages are very easy to read (there are a couple with black text written on a medium darkness color that will be a bit tough in bedtime low light), but after a few reads, they are easy to produce by memory.

Final verdict: Beautifully illustrated and simply poetic, IF YOU ARE THE DREAMER is a comforting picture book that works well for bedtime. Recommend for toddlers and preschoolers.


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