Den långa vandringen Dreams of Near and Far
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A girl and a boy live on each side of the sea with their best friends, Missan the cat and Rufus the dog. But Rufus is old and tired and when he dies the boy shuts himself off. On the other side of the sea the girl! and Missan set off on a long and challenging hike. But can they reach the boy before it’s too late?
Dreams of Near and Far is a picture book where the best of Swedish and Polish tale telling and artwork come together. Bestselling author Martin Widmark has with LasseMaja and Nelly Rapp consolidated his position as one of Sweden’s favorite children’s author. With Dreams of Near and Far he delivers once again an enchanting and spellbinding text for younger children and pairs up with the Polish illustrator Emilia Dziubak.
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“Dreams of Near and Far is a quiet Odyssey ‘light’ for children, containing a number of well-known fairy tale ingredients. /…/ It is skillful, simple, and fine-tuned. Most striking are the softened, sullen illustrations, slightly scratched and almost wrapped as if in a fog, where the crease in every blade of grass, stone, and stump is given individuality and life. /…/ A picture book well worth its name.”
“Dreams of Near and Far is a beautiful story about two young children who seem worlds apart yet have so much in common… From the poignant illustrations to the heartwarming storyline, this is unquestionably a masterpiece for children and adults alike.”
“It is a quiet, gentle story, which has left us in a peaceful, contemplative place after each reading. Enter a fantastical world where dreams and life intermingle, transporting us away from the craziness of our lives for a while. I will be searching out other titles by Widmark and Dziubak immediately. The stunning, dream-like illustrations were hand-drawn using a digital stylus pen and tablet. The color palette used in each illustration enhances the mood of the text, moving from darkness to light as hope and happiness grows in the characters.”
- Martin Widmark
- Rights sold
Belgium, Zuidnederlandse Uitgeverij
Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof
Estonia, Rahva Raamat
Germany, arsEdition GmbH
Lithuania, Nieko Rimto
Poland, Wydawnictwo Mamania
Russia, Popuri Ltd.
Sweden, Bonnier Carlsen
UK, Floris Books