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Albidaro and the mischievous dream /

Chaos results when a dream tells all the children and animals of the world that they should do whatever they want without fear of adult reprisal. Full description

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Other Authors: Pinkney, Jerry,
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Language: English
Published: P. Fogelman Books, 2000
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The children of the world are tired of doing what they're told. A mischievous dream whispers to them that they should stop listening to their parents, and adults everywhere are in for a whole heap of trouble. But it doesn't end there. Next the dream visits all the animals, and tells them they should do whatever they want, too. Soon animals are invading fine restaurants, taking up all the space on the couch, and leaving the water on when they get out of the shower. Can Albidaro, Guardian of Children, and Olara, Guardian of Animals, put everyone back where they're supposed to be?The wit and lyricism of Julius Lester and the gloriously lush paintings of Jerry Pinkney unite to create a beautiful, humorous original fable that's sure to delight their fans.

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 3^-8. "One day children got tired of having to do what their parents told them." This first line has elemental appeal, and the pictures show kids across the world hugging their teddy bears and dreaming that they can do whatever they want. When animals, wild and domesticated, get to live the same dream, the chaos is glorious, especially in Pinkney's double-page spreads of elephants, rhinos ("rhinossyhorses"), dogs, giraffes, and other creatures wreaking mayhem and acting like people, even dressing up for fancy restaurants. The pictures here are like Pinkney's illustrations for Sam and the Tigers (1996), but with more animals. The fantasy is elaborate and it's orchestrated by two guardian characters in Africa: Albidaro, who can hear the thoughts of teddy bears and see the dreams of children, and his sister, the Guardian of Animals. The guardians seem patched onto the story, and the kids' protective teddy bears are too cute and cloying. The fun here is the wild dream of rebellion, the cacophony of animals silly enough to act like people, and the satisfying return to order. --Hazel Rochman

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this offering from a talented duo (Black Cowboy, Wild Horses), teddy bears inadvertently set off a chain reaction when they slip to their young owners a dream promising that they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, without punishment. Albidaro (the mythical "Guardian of Children" who lives in the sky) then uses the dream to get even with his snooty sister Olara ("Guardian of Animals") by planting it in the minds of the animals. The next morning, children balk at their parents' requests while animals shed their leashes and flee their cages and homelands to wear pajamas, eat popcorn on the couch and surf the Internet. Ironically, the animals on the loose turn the youngsters into responsible parent figures, and total freedom makes everyone unhappy. In the end Albidaro and Olara restore order. Pinkney's fluid illustrations exude bedtime magic, and he wisely balances the outlandish scenario with realistic renderings of the animals as they engage in merry mayhem. The fable itself fares less well, however. Though shot through with humor, it stumbles by straining too hard to be silly (listing "hippopotamussesessssss" and "rhinossyhorses" among an otherwise normal lineup of animal names, for instance) and serving up such gushing descriptions as "happy as a butterfly's heart." Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This modern fable lacks a tautly told story and relies on the whimsy of a made-up yarn that tangles into an odd moral. When children become tired of doing what parents tell them, their teddy bears give them a mischievous dream that tells them they can do whatever they want. High in the mountains of Africa, Albidaro, the Guardian of Children, is delighted that his children will have some fun. To add to the excitement, he ignores the warnings of the teddy bears and plays a trick on his sister, Olara, the Guardian of Animals, by having the dream visit all the animals of the world so they can also do as they please. When day dawns, children refuse to get out of bed and wild animals behave like humans, taking showers and Rollerblading. When order is restored, Albidaro puts all the people into a deep sleep and no one remembers what happened, except the teddy bears. Olara threatens to turn them into brussels sprouts if they tell. To this day, that's why teddy bears look like they have a secret. Sweeping double spreads dramatically portray Albidaro and Olara, framed panels capture the rebellious children's reactions, and beautifully illustrated animals create colorful and well-designed artwork typical of Pinkney. Tone, flow, logic, and premise seem disjointed but fans of the usually magical Lester/Pinkney team will be drawn to the large format with appealing illustrations.-Julie Cummins, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Julius Bernard Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Fisk University in 1960. He moved to New York to become a folk singer. He performed on the coffeehouse circuit as a singer and guitarist. He released two albums entitled Julius Lester in 1965 and Departures in 1967. His first published book, The Folksinger's Guide to the 12-String Guitar as Played by Leadbelly written with Pete Seeger, was published in 1965.

In the 1960s, Lester was closely involved as a writer and photographer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled to the South to document the civil rights movement and to North Vietnam to photograph the effects of American bombardment. He also hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City.

He wrote more than four dozen nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children. His books for adults included Look Out, Whitey!: Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama, Revolutionary Notes, All Is Well, Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, and The Autobiography of God. His children's books included To Be a Slave, Sam and the Tigers, and Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, which won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award in 2006. He also wrote reviews and essays for numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Dissent, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.

After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1971. He originally taught in the Afro-American studies department, but transferred to the Judaic and Near Eastern studies department when Lester criticized the novelist James Baldwin for what he felt were anti-Semitic remarks. He died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on January 18, 2018 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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