Dreams of Near and Far

Dreams of Near and Far

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Noah and Mia live far, far away from each other, but look out upon the same great sea. In the evening, Noah and his dog Gus watch the sun softly slip beneath the waves; in the morning, Mia and her cat Olive watch from the cliffs as it rises.

When Gus dies, Noah is heartbroken. In his dreams he searches for his loyal friend, but instead finds only an unfamiliar black cat. Mia dreams too: of a life better than the one she has now, and of a place to call home. When Olive leads her down an unknown path, Mia begins an epic journey which takes her somewhere she never expected.

Will Mia and Noah find all they've dreamt of?

Poignant and uplifting, Martin Widmark's story of finding hope and a home is accompanied by stunning illustrations from Emilia Dziubak, which alternate between the two characters' interconnected journeys. Martin and Emilia are co-creators of USBBY Outstanding International Book The House of Lost and Found, and of Little Pearl.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 216 x 278 x 12.7mm | 456g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustratios
  • 178250740X
  • 9781782507406
  • 1,009,586

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Praise for The House of Lost and Found:

'In this complex and mature tale of reawakening, pages boast dark, richly detailed illustrations aglow with deftly conjured light.'
- Booklist Online

'Widmark's melancholy story about loneliness gains atmosphere and, ultimately, lift from Dziubak's beautiful illustrations, hand-drawn using colored pencils. Children will pore over the details and delight as Niles banishes murky darkness with light... Lovely.'
- Kirkus Reviews

'An absolutely fantastic book, which truly left me speechless. It is a book that talks about loss, about finding hope, and of new beginnings, with extraordinary illustrations and a simple, yet very profound text. It is the kind of book that captures every reader, young and old, and definitely one of a kind.'
- Our World of Wonder

'The illustrations are dreamy, reminding me of Rembrandt, each one a work of art... Perfect.'
- Youth Services Book Review Praise for Little Pearl

'An imaginatively illustrated fantasy with a dreamlike feel... Dziubak's romantic colored pencil illustrations place doll-like images of children and creatures against dramatic, moody backdrops of flowers and waterside foliage. Grace is a resourceful hero, and her fanciful, The Water-Babies-esque story packs a lot of adventure into the picture book format.'
- Publishers Weekly

'This is a magical story combined with beautiful pencil illustrations - a real treat! [...] The drawings are in muted colors and are complete works of art - Dziubak raises the bar on how children's books should be illustrated with incredible talent using simple tools. 5/5.'
- Youth Services Book Review

'[A] beautifully illustrated, imaginative story.' - Kirkus Reviews
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About Martin Widmark

Martin Widmark is the bestselling Swedish children's author of over 100 books. His titles consistently top Sweden's bestseller lists and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Before becoming a full-time author, Martin worked as a middle-school teacher and a Swedish language teacher for immigrants, and now uses his experiences to promote reading and literacy for young people. He is the author of The House of Lost and Found and Little Pearl (Floris Books). Emilia Dziubak is an award-winning artist from Poland. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and has illustrated numerous children's picture books that have been translated into many languages. She is the illustrator of USBBY- listed The House of Lost and Found, as well as Little Pearl and Dreams of Near and Far, also co-created with Martin Widmark.
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