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This is not an ordinary children's book. Young Cameron is taken by a giant phoenix named Space Chicken to the world of dreams where he talks to the Sun, climbs the Tree of Life, has a conversation with a very non-grim Reaper, convinces a herd of nightmares to stop trying to scare people, visits the Flying Forest, and ultimately must confront his own dream, to stop it from trying to step on other people's dreams. The story lauds the value of love, friendship, kindness, animals, environmentalism, selflessness, thoughtfulness, and overcoming fear. The preview images are low resolution (that's how Lulu does previews)--the book itself is photo quality, full glossy color and looks gorgeous...you can see each brush stroke.
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Jun 9, 2011"Re: A Most Beautifully Crafted Book!" Dear Cynthia, thank you so much for buying the book and for this beautiful review. When I read this I felt as though you were almost in my own mind, and that you saw exactly what I saw when I wrote it...I wanted to take children's entertainment to a wholly different level than the mass-produced schlock being marketted to them now...I wanted to create something that they would remember when they grew up, and that would all of the sudden have even more meanings when they revisited it (kind of like The Lorax by Dr. Seuss did to me, and Shel Silverstein's work). Thanks so much for your glowing encouragement. Matt
Mar 23, 2009"A Most Beautifully Crafted Book!" I love Space Chicken. The illustrations are really beautiful with exceptional detail and color. I think the story is interesting to people of all ages. The authentic dreamlike quality is very appealing to those of us who remember our dreams, and instructional in that it reminds us that we can change our dreams to become more wholesome by taking into account more than just ourselves. This book has so many delightful ways to talk about the really basic questions we are all faced with: controlling our desires, death, hope, love, and peace. It is highly imaginative, and oddly soothing to read. It's exactly the kind of book that I would want to read to my children if they hadn't already grown up!
Mar 25, 2008"Really Great Job!!!" Hi Matt-- You don't know me, but I'm a teacher and work with Karen's Aunt Linda at Kinne Street Elementary. Linda told me about the book, and I ordered it on her recommendation, and I'm so happy with it. The kids really love it, and it's been great fun for us to explore in the classroom. I hope to see future adventures of Space Chicken by you!
Jul 13, 2007"Like It More Every Time I Read It" The initial preview didn't do the book justice. I didn't get it. I made a poor judgement to decide on the book's quality merely by the preview. Glancing at the caterpillar with a hookah, the field mushrooms and Death, I thought, "GREEEEAAAT. Just what I want my sweet, innocent child to read. I'd have to be high to understand it." I loved the colorful artwork, however, and the kids with whom I read Space Chicken enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Alice in Wonderland. It was a book I loved as a child but didn't quite comprehend or respect as an adult. It seemed too strange. What really sparked my change of heart was, oddly enough, a movie. My sister and I watched Finding Neverland last night and my impetus for watching the movie was the fact that it starred Johnny Depp. It was a semi-biographical tale of how the story of Peter Pan came about. The author of Peter Pan had a vivid imagination and an exceptional ability to relate... More > to and engage kids the way typical adults deny themselves for fear of being perceived as immature, abnormal or worse. I realized as I watched that the book was bad or strange; I had inarguably lost touch with that child-like part of my imagination. The book is similar. Both Neverland and Space Chicken deal with potentially terrifying subjects (death, monsters, nightmares, even one's own imagination) in a way kids can understand (flying trees, a gigantic bird whose wings flapping sound like somebody shaking towels to rid them of lint and kisses from the sun). There is humor that both parents and children will laugh at together (like the part with the smelly tentacles). The book contains some Eastern philosophy, presented in a palatable, easy-to-understand manner. If you are the sort that enjoyed Finding Neverland, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the Wizard of Oz, if you were the kid who made up imaginary landscapes frought with obstacles to be defeated and magic, you'll love it. If you find a door to your childhood opening up when you turn a yardstick into a magic, ogre-repelling wand and revel in the glee you thought you'd lost, you'll love it.< Less
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- Matthew Damon (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Matthew Damon
- June 9, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Full color
- 0.54 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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