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Salamander Dream is a young girl's journey within a magical forest. As the year's pass, she finds herself changing, which in turn, changes her friendship with Salamander....

Title : Salamander Dream
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ISBN : 9780972179492
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 97 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Salamander Dream Reviews

  • Brad
    2018-12-07 15:45

    This is the comic book equivalent of Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game," in the best way possible. A girl befriends a anthropomorphic salamander. They identify animals and share stories. She grows older. It's bittersweet and not particularly deep, but quite powerful. Larson's a great storyteller, probably even better than her husband,Bryan Lee O'Malley. (He's way funnier, though.)

  • Leila
    2018-11-21 22:58

    This book is slightly disturbing in a lot of ways. The main character, Hailey, befriends a Salamander Man in the woods. As the story goes on, she forgets her old friend (read: The Giving Tree) and he seems to have moved on as well. They connect to each other through telling stories, but you also have the idea that the salamander is romantically interested in Hailey as well. The end is sort of bittersweet, and, on the whole, I would say this is as much about leaving behind your childhood as it is about leaving a first love. Both are sad topics, and they seem slightly glossed over here. Also, I found Hailey's story, in the end, to be a little confusing. Was she sharing everything about her? Or was she telling the salamander what it's like to be human? I almost thought there was some sexual tension with them both "entering her body," but that could just be the English major in me. Or, maybe it's because he was smoking a cigarette afterwards. Just kidding!

  • Jesse
    2018-11-20 20:43

    I want to ignore the fact that this book had a grievous printing error which duplicated a signature and caused 4 pages of the book to repeat themselves... but I can't/ I gave it 2 stars because, although it was pretty, it just didn't quite grab enough of the magic of childhood that it was trying to convey. Some of the drawings were sketched down and seemed to represent how the child would have drawn or seen things, but it wasn't consistent enough to work.

  • Sara
    2018-12-03 22:00

    I don't understand what the hell this book was supposed to be. Just confusing and weird. A lot of it I just did not understand. The colors we're pretty and it's obvious it's meant to be about how special a friendship can be, but I just didn't understand the specifics.

  • Cathy
    2018-11-25 14:38

    This is the perfect little book for all ages. Its about an eight-year-old girl named Hailey who spends her summers in the woods with Salamander. He tells her wonderful stories about his friends in the woods, and she listens.Then she starts growing up, and she doesn’t have as much time to spend with Salamander. She has other friends and they spend their days reading magazines and talking about boys. Every so often though, she bumps into Salamander and he tells her another story. Until one day…This is a lovely story for anyone who loves to use their imagination in order to go to wild places or meet interesting characters. Its great for people of all ages, even adults, as they can reflect on times past when they were children with vivid imaginations.The illustrations are darling and simple in black and green. The lines are clean and clear; almost child like in their simplicity, but that adds to the dreamlike quality.This is a great addition to any collection. Suitable and easy to relate to in children of all ages.

  • Chili Public
    2018-11-24 21:53

    This is the perfect little book for all ages. Its about an eight-year-old girl named Hailey who spends her summers in the woods with Salamander. He tells her wonderful stories about his friends in the woods, and she listens.Then she starts growing up, and she doesn’t have as much time to spend with Salamander. She has other friends and they spend their days reading magazines and talking about boys. Every so often though, she bumps into Salamander and he tells her another story. Until one day…This is a lovely story for anyone who loves to use their imagination in order to go to wild places or meet interesting characters. Its great for people of all ages, even adults, as they can reflect on times past when they were children with vivid imaginations.The illustrations are darling and simple in black and green. The lines are clean and clear; almost child like in their simplicity, but that adds to the dreamlike quality.This is a great addition to any collection. Suitable and easy to relate to in children of all ages.

  • Tricia
    2018-12-18 17:41

    Kind of strange.For the most part, I liked the drawing style - but certain choices left me scratching my head. Some species are labeled - but not all, so why those ones? Are they symbolic of something? They aren't more central to the plot. Confusing. And every now and then, part of a panel is much more sketchy or scribbled instead of being fully inked - what was that about? Does it signify something, or is it just sloppy editing? I thought it might be transitions (e.g. from reality into imagination), but that doesn't seem to hold. So again, another head scratcher. The choice of handwriting font at the beginning of sections was really hard to decipher. And the story was just kind of "meh."

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-28 17:33

    A girl or all ages book with some sweetness in it about a girl who spends time with herself in the woods because there she can believe more easily in magic, and she befriends there an imaginary/magical Salamander girl character… many pages are wordless, swirling, magical fun. My seven year old girl sort of liked it, but thought it should be more colorful than the block print black and white and green it is. Each page is formatted differently, there's lots of movement in the pages but it somehow still feels a little flat to me…It's about imaginary friendships and/or maybe has its source in the girl's dream… but it's still pretty cute.

  • Kirsten
    2018-11-30 19:54

    A wonderful, dreamlike graphic novel from the author of Chiggers and Gray Horses. It tells the story of a young girl named Hailey and her friendship with a wood spirit, Salamander, and how this friendship changes as both she and Salamander grow and change. It's told almost entirely in flowing, surreal images that evoke the natural world and the changing nature of Hailey's and Salamander's interactions. It's bittersweet, but clearly demonstrates that magic lives on and is passed on, even as we grow older.

  • Mark
    2018-12-15 16:56

    This book, slight in page-count is enormous in subtext. It's a coming-of-age fable filled with fables. The fact that most of it is told minus text or without a solid explanation is a testament to how much faith she leaves in the reader, especially the audience this book was intended for. If you can find a copy, I would recommend cracking it open if only for the lovely color scheme and beautiful linework.

  • sweet pea
    2018-12-09 19:49

    a bittersweet story about a girl exploring nature, alone and with her friend Salamander. as she grows up, she plays more with human friends and comes out into the woods less. the illustrations are beautiful and are all in black, green, and white. speech balloons serpentine around nature, some of which is helpfully labeled. a story of childhood innocence with a slight sexual undertone. sweet and evocative.

  • Gary Lee
    2018-12-14 16:43

    A light and whimsical read.To some, that may seem to belittle the book or Larson; that's not my intention.There just wasn't much depth to this one (I think I read through it in 20-25 minutes), but then again I've never been a young a girl having to deal with losing the fantasy world of my youth as I become more attached to my surrounding reality as I get older.P.S. -- the metaphorical sex scene at the end was slightly baffling. And a bit disturbing.

  • Emilia P
    2018-11-29 14:37

    You know, I just don't love Hope Larson. She's a little too focused on the mystic/everyday/artsy without actually having a style or even a weird attitude that lends itself very well to that. The story of a girl and her invisible/imaginary/nature friend, a salamander/boy. Pretty, but nothing wowing. Sorry Hope, really. You do well, but I don't really get you.

  • Helen
    2018-11-26 19:37

    Beautiful little book about the friendship between Hailey and Salamander in a woods where it's just possible to believe in magic...The dialogue is scant, but that's okay because the pictures tell the stories better than any words could. A nice graphic novel for middle school to adult readers.

  • Megan
    2018-11-28 19:54

    I read this when it was being published on-line at the "Secret Friends Society". Hope Larson's stories are very sweet, quiet and nostalgic. This one reminded me of the summers I spent outside in the woods behind my house making forts and playing pretend.

  • Michael
    2018-12-07 16:35

    Brilliant work.

  • Rogene Carter
    2018-12-05 20:37

    A glorious romp through the woods with a faithful companion. I think as adults we often need to remember the whimsical fancy of having very few responsibilities and lots of time.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-22 22:47

    In the front of this book it says it's "for lost best friends." That about sums it up, just add the magic of summer, stories, & growing up & you've got it!

  • Printable Tire
    2018-11-24 22:35

    The Giving Tree with hipster art and hard-to-read cursive. Which doesn't mean, you know, it was a bad way to spend five minutes.

  • Patricia
    2018-11-23 20:30

    Not for me, but I'd recommend it to others.

  • Colleen
    2018-12-09 18:40

    This is a lovely graphic novel about growing up! The coloring is amazing and I love the imagery. The amount of text is just right to emphasize the emotions that are present in the book.

  • Jehan
    2018-12-19 21:46

    This one makes mevery happy, as it isso pretty andquite perfect.

  • Tony
    2018-12-04 14:37

    Awww.

  • Sasha Boersma
    2018-11-27 19:48

    Very sweet and whimsical. A good choice to help expose a young girl to graphic novels.

  • Moira Elise
    2018-12-06 16:47

    Unexpectedly brilliant. Good for kids. Good for adults. The imagery is dreamy.

  • Lindsaygail
    2018-11-27 14:51

    Lovely!

  • Lara
    2018-12-11 22:47

    Wonderful little graphic novel full of nature, magic & lasting friendship. I like Hope Larson's other works, but this might just be my favorite.

  • Kevin Fanning
    2018-11-28 18:56

    Super sweet.

  • Carly Thompson
    2018-11-30 18:45

    A beautifully drawn graphic novel about a girl's adventures in the woods with Salamander.

  • orangerful
    2018-12-10 16:39

    An odd little book with hardly any words but at it's core it's about how you can grow up and still hold on to the magic of your childhood.