We wanted this book to be largely an independently funded project. With Kickstarter and other social media channels, we've been able to produce and ultimately distribute this book without the larger publishing machine. The Kickstarter ran for two months from March-April 2013. The funds we raised paid for the illustrations and design, packaging the book for electronic and traditional printing, backer rewards, ISBN and associated costs of getting the book online for sale.
Cameron Price • Dan Myers • Terry Bardoul • Jennie Marie Yates • Tracy Mattson • Terry • Nicole • B Robins • William W. Heimbach, Jr. • Joshua Capitanio • Jerry Corso • Wendy Weeks • Jane Riese • Julia • Janet Weeks V • Kpow • Jeff Tolentino • Emili • Emily Reese • Erik and Roberta Torgerson • Amy Pastan • Brian Gioia • Poramate Minsiri • Heather Prudhomme • John Donahue • Suzanne Player • Ms.Rachel E Milano • Robert Levy • Karen Francisco • Anna Olivia Andrade • Miriam Lim • Elaine Mihailoff • Christine Wong • Firmament Films • Christie Morrison-Haynes • Jane Potenzo • Shana Cordon • Susan Dumett • Anna Banana • Sandra Dean • David Elliott • Audra Wint • Nathan I Kappel • Debbie Lloyd • Julie Filips • Shawndra McCrorey • Paolo Bernardi • Shannon Nolan • Lara Zahaba • Keith Arneson • Terri Karney-Brown • Katie B • Sarah Palmer • Gabriel Gonzalez • Mike Brozick • Ovidiu Mihailov • Monica Dadashi • Allisyn Taniguchi • Sarah E Mosher • Jeannie McKendry • Kimiko Teramoto • Mary Montoya • Lisa Simpson • Cherlyn Scofield • Merritt Bettineski • Barbara • Scott Hager • Andrew Curry • Kristin • Laura Rohrman • Sid Sydoriak • Stephanie Robinett • Allice Sung • Laura Cook • Justin • James Tolentino • Holly & Bob de Buys • Meike Schützek • Ramona • Lilly • Brian Nunes • Kara Prior • Melissa Tabor • Angelito S. Tolentino • Jessica Burgess • Mark Swain • Claire Carlson • John Heineman • Connie Eichstaedt • Kim Smith • Erin Keeley • Tammy E. Corso • Laura Marquez • Carrie Vincent • Peggy Stanley • Annie Johnston • Charissa • Nancy Capitanio • Nicholas Beatty • Javier Bueno • Dan Sutherland • William "Thomas" Holt • Cathy Johnston • Angela Stowell • Stanley • Patti Pennill • Bruce Panowski • Brad Kaminski • Amanda Phillips • Anna Marie Madai • Riese • Wendie Doyle • Diane Mower • Julianne Lange • James Turnbull • Tina Cambio • Chris Morris • Michael McConnell • Robert Prince • Lindsay Gatz • Richard Jacroux • Wendy Woldenberg • Nick Strauss • Dana Short • Rita J Irisarri • Lisa Bakosi • Stanley Zreinike • Mary Selden McKee • Randall T Parsons • Rick Judd • Anya Gericke • Kim Yamagiwa • Robert Beck • Diane Bryan • Karen Morse • Chelsea Wagner • Rebecca Jones • Jennifer Ferrante-Jacobson • Robert Troy • Drew Dyer • Carrie Penley • Kaye Chavez • Deborah Swain • Nick and Coleen • Tippe & Drague Alehouse • Aaron Suggs • Brandon Vladimir Hernandez • Valarie • Jennifer Schofield • Nikki Cole • Chrisjniles • Munchezuma • Geoffrey Smith • Sarah Asbury-Baca • Joseph Margate • Angielena Vitale Chamberlain • Ines Hilde
I love children's books and I was thrilled to team up with William to create the illustrations for his beautiful story and bring this book to life. The first books my parents read to me opened the door to my imagination, so even if I didn't always want to go to sleep, I always looked forward to a little reading before bed. I was immediately drawn to this story and imagined the pictures that would go along with it. I am excited to make more books in the future!
Much of the inspiration for this project came from my son Liam. Reading to him and seeing his reaction to different books reminded me of feelings and thoughts I had when my parents read to me. There are certain stories that stand out to every child, ones that get carried with us throughout our lives. This story has that potential because it makes us wonder about the meaning of our dreams & makes us think about all of the other creatures around the world dreaming of us while we dream of them.
"Heimbach presents a lullaby app with the hypnotizing look and feel of a mandala."
A boy is tucked in bed under a crazy quilt. “I dreamt of things that were never seen, / sunlit valleys with hidden streams / that flowed to oceans deep and clean.” Clearly the work is for the young, and they too should be tucked in bed, for the action here is purely visual—and minimal at that—and there is no need to be touching the screen.
Tolentino’s artwork has a Rousseau-esque naïveté, albeit on a simpler level; muffled chimes and gongs serenade the narrator, whose voice approaches a whisper as her inflection rises and falls to the rhyme. In that deep, clean ocean lives a whale, and the whale is also dreaming. The whale dreams of a desert and sand, where a snail of many hues is dreaming of a forest dripping with dew. In the forest, hummingbirds dream of snow reflecting moonlight, and burrowed in the snow is a mouse who is dreaming of a warm cabin. Rather than discontent, Heimbach coaxes a sense of adventure and exploration—a great circle—from the dreamscapes, each beckoning. In the final tableau, all of the animals appear as constellations in the night sky that enfolds the cabin, giving a timeless, ancient quality to the lullaby. A passage toward sweet dreams, with enough variety in the imagery for repeat visits. -KirkusReviews.com