An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton

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Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, An Awesome Book of Thanks! is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated walk through a world of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, and all of life's simple moments, great and small. Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how beautiful life can be.

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HELLO MY NAME IS DALLAS CLAYTON. This is all you need to know to understand what goes on here: I try to make things that are beautiful. Sometimes these things are written down. Sometimes they are drawn. Sometimes they are wrapped and plastic and sold in important stores for more money than they cost to manufacture. I love making most things. I am most interested in making people happy. I have a son who is six years old. I enjoy making him happy most of all. I would like to do this more and more every day forever. This is why I write for children. When I am not writing for children I am writing for adults and the companies adults run, drawing pictures for those adults, and reading things out loud to crowds of strangers. I love strangers.
Published November 18, 2010 by Two Lions. 84 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As in An Awesome Book (2012), the author’s voice is both intimate and enthusiastic, as if speaking to a child: “AND WHEN I’M BESIDE YOU I’M LEAPING AND BOUNDING / SO PROUD I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MY HEART POUNDING.” As the verse goes from playfully fantastical imagery to (hopefully) tongue-in-cheek ...

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Self-published in 2009 and gone viral in both print and free online versions, Clayton’s inspirational litany decries “un-fantastical and practical” dreams in favor of those “that no one thought to wonder / dreams so big that they’ve got dreams and they’ve got dreams up under!” His hand lettered, ...

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Quirky drawings in rainbow shades have a psychedelic edge (a purple bear with hearts blasting from its chest could have stumbled off of a Grateful Dead album cover), while the verse might have been sampled from indie rock: “Sometimes it’s a whisper/ when you feel you could shout/ or just bein...

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City Book Review

“Then once you’ve got that dream in mind please dream a million more and not a million quiet dreams, a million dreams that ROAR.” This strange and wonderful book, written and illustrated by Dallas Clayton, is the sort of book people either love or hate.

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City Book Review

Clayton’s first book, An Awesome Book, celebrates the power of dreams.

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Deseret News

The text in staccato verse — sometimes depending on rhyme and rhythm, sometimes not — reflects the frantic pace of animals ("foxes, dachshunds, oxen, snakes, magic rocks, lucky breaks") and reminders of the overall theme — "thanks for patience and hopes and rewards and revisions and delightful de...

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It celebrates not only the feeling of love, but also the amazing gift of finding a kindred spirit and the uniqueness of those we love.

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It even changed Clayton’s life: he formed the Awesome World Foundation and decided to give away a copy of his book for each one sold, traveling around the country and giving away books.

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