Thursday 24 August 2023

An A to Z of Dreaming Differently

An A to Z of Dreaming Differently by Tracey Dembo, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo (Penguin Random House Australia) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN: 9780143778905

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

All children need to learn the alphabet, so why not make it an empowering experience? Every letter in An A to Z of Dreaming Differently gifts the reader with a positive perspective as well as an array of affirmations to fuel fertile thinking, such as ‘Some days will Zig. Some will Zag … But this won’t stop you … zoooooming up, up, up, towards those dazzling dreams.’

Tracey Dembo’s stirring words shimmy across the pages, sparkling with boundless possibilities. Actions and attitudes entwine into an optimistic opus for readers aged five and older, where exploring the ABCs becomes a leap into life’s biggest lessons. ‘K is for Kind. Be it. To yourself. To others. To the planet.’

Divine details fill Lucia Masciullo’s delightful illustrations, adding depth to the learning journey. Natural hues and organic lines are appealing to young eyes. Rather than featuring one protagonist, there is a cast of contrasting characters to ensure that every reader can see themselves reflected in the book.

Enlightening and encouraging, An A to Z of Dreaming Differently offers much more than just a way to master the alphabet. It is a passport to an inspiring world where courage, curiosity and creativity are celebrated.

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