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10/01/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: What is Dreaming?"

What is Dreaming?
Written by Etan Boritzer. Illustrated by Jeff Vernon
Published by Veronica Lane Books
Hardcover: 978976274377
Paperback: 9780976274360

Review by Linda Yau

From the many parenting books that are out there, how many can name a strategy of answering those sticky questions that kids seem to love to ask. I myself cannot count how many times, when I was a kid that I asked my mother - what that is…or what is this? Etan Boritzer's book What is Dreaming is a fun read out loud book that grown ups can share with children, explaining and answering one of life’s unanswerable questions.

This is an age appropriate book of K-6 where the diction in the book has a conversational tone. There are also italicized cures that the reader can use to play upon the words during storytelling. On the left side of each page is filled with colorful recurring character illustrations, as on the right, the words of the book bordered by the same motif of subject sleeping and dreaming.

An interesting note was the usage of cultural points such as the Yellow Submarine by The Beatles and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. That definitely tickled my childhood memories as with the mention of normal childhood fears of sharks and bears. There was one image in the book that actually had me chuckling, that is where the child was dreaming that he was in a television studio editing and deciding what memories to have dreams about.

I was able to speak with Mr. Boritzer during the Brooklyn Book Festival. I asked him what audience was this book series suitable for, and why did he publish such a series as What is? He explained that this book is for adults to read, approve and share with their children, since they are supposed to be the caretakers for the younger generation development. He had also explained that this was a good medium, for sharing with children, since there is relatively no other developmental books that is out in the market that could probably alley a normal child’s developmental fear.

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