Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

Happy Dreamer

Peter H. Reynolds, Author and Illustrator

Orchard Books, Fiction, Mar. 28, 2017

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes: Imagination, Inspiration, Creativity, Day dreamer

Opening: “I am a Happy Dreamer. I’m really good at dreaming. Daydreams. Big Dreams. Little dreams. Creative Dreams.”

Publisher Synopsis: “While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to color inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! In Peter’s signature voice and style, this empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!”

Why I like this book: Another original and inspiring story by Peter H. Reynolds that celebrates individuality and encourages readers to dream big and fulfil their potential.  Skillfully penned and illustrated, Happy Dreamer will delight readers of all ages. His text is lyrical and entertaining. His illustrations are energetic, joyful and transport readers into their creative inner selves. Reynolds’ urges children to be forward thinkers, believe, show the world who they are and dream with abandonment.  Midway through their book there is a magical four-page surprise to help children identify the type of dreamer they are.

Reynolds calls himself a dreamer. He was inspired to write Happy Dreamer after he discovered he could identify with many symptoms associated with ADHD. His original title for the book was Amazing Delightful Happy Dreamer (ADHD), which he shortened to Happy Dreamer. Reynolds doesn’t label the character, but shows his unique abilities.

Resources: The book is a beautiful resource for parents and teachers to use in the classroom.  It will lead to many interesting discussions as children identify their inner dreamer. Encourage children to share their dreams, write a paragraph or draw a picture about their big dreams. Make sure you check out the front and end pages for all of the wonderful detail.

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of many books, including The Dot, Ish, The North Star, Playing from the Heart, and Sky Color.  Around September 15th-ish, nearly 9 million children from 168 countries will celebrate creativity, courage and collaboration as they participate in the 9th year of International Dot Day. Visit the website to see how you and your classroom can get involved.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

29 thoughts on “Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

  1. I’ve been so looking forward to reading this book. I wish Reynolds had kept the original title of the book. It’s nice to see kids with ADHD celebrated rather than castigated.


    • It is a keeper. Such a beautifully written and illustrated PB. Peter makes reference in his bio. The diagnosis wasn’t available when he/we grew up. He had parents who supported his drawing efforts. I waited to review his book because so many in our group had reviewed it when it was released.

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  2. LOVE Peter Reynolds’ work & adore this book. I agree that it is suitable for all ages. You’ve offered some great resource activities, too. Thanks for spreading this picture book to dreamers everywhere!


  3. Reynolds’ work is so distinctive. Looking forward to seeing this one. It would be interesting to match some of these general concept books with NF stories that play out that concept in real life.


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  5. This book looks wonderful, Patricia. I smiled as soon as I saw the cover. How wonderful to have another great book by Peter Reynolds. I am so looking forward to celebrating International Dot Day in a week or two. This book seems to encourage courage and creativity also. I love books that do that. The book trailer is wonderful. It has a very special feel to it. I just want to reach right in and take it and hold it in my heart. Another very special picture book. Thank you for sharing.


  6. This looks like a wonderful book Pat, definitely on my list for Christmas gifts for a grandchild and a great-nephew. I think any grown-up that reads it may take a lot from it too. The illustration style reminds me of Quentin Blake’s for Roald Dahl.


    • I believe Happy Dreamer is the most important book Peter H. Reynolds has written and illustrated. All of his books have an element of creativity and dreaming big. I am happy you enjoyed the review.


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