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I Dreamed I Was a Dog

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New Mexico author and illustrator Joel Nakamura dips a toe or two into the wiggly nighttime world of dreams with his children's book, I Dreamed I was a Dog. Dip your own toes into his psychedelic art and lucidly strange storytelling this Sunday, Dec. 3, at Bookworks, as Nakamura reads from his book about the surreal dream world of a young boy and the adventures he experiences while catching a few zees. The free story starts at 1pm and is open to dreamers of all ages. (Joshua Lee)

Sunday Dec 3, 2017

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107-3157

Phone: 344-8139
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Award-winning New Mexico author and artist Joel Nakamura reads from his new illustrated children's book following the dream world of a boy.

Book imageJoin award-winning New Mexico author/artist Joel Nakamura, as he reads from his new illustrated children's book, I Dreamed I Was a Dog (Leaf Storm Press, 2017). All ages welcome!

Praise for I Dreamed I Was a Dog:

“Using a Schopenhauer quotation as inspiration and epigraph (“The universe is a dream dreamed by a single dreamer where all the dream characters dream too”), Nakamura languidly traces a boy’s ever-evolving dream. The boy begins the night as a “dog with red fur and purple spots, chewing on a giant bone,” but soon transforms into a dinosaur (the red dog is now cast in a best friend role), train, cloud, and more. Nakamura uses the same folk art–inflected style seen in 2015’s Go West!, and his vivid acrylic paintings are tattooed with dots and patterns that bring an almost psychedelic energy to the pages. When the dream turns extraterrestrial, the boy turns into a flying saucer, piloted by the same red dog; clouds, bones, and birds can be seen amid the circuit like panels on its gleaming exterior, harking back to the boy’s earlier incarnations. Most readers already have a sense of the unpredictable malleability of dreams, an idea Nakamura evocatively explores while emphasizing connections between humans, nature, and the larger cosmos. Ages 3–7.”–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Price: Free