Before I Wake Up... by Britta Teckentrup

Before I Wake Up...

Written by Britta Teckentrup
Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

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April 2016 Book of the Month A little girl’s dreams take her and a friendly lion on a magical journey. Together they fly over meadows, swim deep in the sea with whales and jellyfish, and explore woods where they play with wild creatures, until the night ends. Britta Teckentrup’s textured collage style illustrations create scenes that are full of depth and atmosphere and very beautiful to look at. The palette changes from the light grey of dusk through the dark shades of deepest night, the green of the sea and the mottled shadows of the forest, until the new day begins with a burst of bright, warm yellow. The story gives children a wild adventure, in the company of a trusted friend, and the illustrations are perfect works of art. ~ Andrea Reece


Before I Wake Up... by Britta Teckentrup

A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean's depths and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. Then it is time for the moon balloon to take the girl home to her bed, where she awakes, snuggled safely next to the lion, who returns to being a stuffed toy.

Award-winning children's illustrator Britta Teckentrup's collage-like artwork creates a magical world of captivating colours, classic shapes and softly detailed textures. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams. Exquisitely produced, this book is certain to become a bedtime favourite for children and their parents.


Written in poetry fashion, I like the contrasting colors and art. Perhaps best for very young children.

About the Author

Britta Teckentrup

Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg, growing up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin’s College and the Royal College of Art.

Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling The Memory Tree, The Odd One Out and Grumpy Cat, which was selected by the Booktrust’s Bookstart scheme - 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK.

Britta has written and illustrated over 80 children’s picture books which have been published in over
20 different countries. Her fine art work has been frequently exhibited at her London gallery and at
art fairs all over the world. After 17 years in the UK Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish
husband, son Vincent and their old cat, Oskar.

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56 pages


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Publication date

1st April 2016




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