Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] Appelemando's Dreams by Patricia Polacco

Title:  Appelemando's Dreams

Author:  Patricia Polacco

Genre: Fantasy / Art / Drama / Peer Pressure

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 2010

Publisher: Puffin

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+  (Nothing Objectionable)

Patricia Polacco is such an influential author that I have read most of her books and I actually stumbled upon this little gem called “Appelemando’s Dreams” on an episode of “Reading Rainbow” and I have really enjoyed it!  “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a children’s book by Patricia Polacco which is about how a young boy named Appelemando can dream up of any kind of dreams in a drab village.  “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a truly uplifting book that every child will enjoy!

Oh my goodness!  This is one unique book by Patricia Polacco that I am definitely going to read over and over again!  Patricia Polacco has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book as it details a young boy’s desire to let his dreams loose!  Patricia Polacco’s illustrations were just so beautiful and I loved the way that Appelemando’s dreams are drawn in a childlike way as there are various animals and objects floating above his head and the dreams seem to float on a blue mist, which makes the illustrations extremely creative.  I loved the way that Patricia Polacco uses the power of individuality and friendship for this story and what I really enjoyed about Appelemando’s friendship with his friends is that his friends stood up for him even when the elders of the village were criticizing Appelemando, which truly showed what great friends Appelemando’s friends were to him.  I also loved the fact that Appelemando’s friends accepted his dreams for what they are and not make fun of him because of his dreams.  What really stood out for me was the fact that Appelemando’s dreams seem to represent his individuality from the village since the village is a drab place and Appelemando’s dreams are so colorful and fun.

All in all, “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a brilliant and creative book for children who love dreaming.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since this book is little bit longer than any other children’s book.


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