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Teckentrup, Britta

Before I Wake Up...

(4) K-3 A child narrates her dream journey, on which she's accompanied by a friendly lion (first seen as a stuffed animal), before she wakes up to a crisp, sunshiny morning. Despite some uneasy rhymes, Teckentrup's verse is carried by lyrical imagery. Although often muddied by dark colors and grainy elements, the layered, textured illustrations hide tantalizing, shadowy images, creating a wonderfully surreal dreamscape.

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