In this wordless picture book, a dandelion becomes a dandy lion before he goes to seed…The art produces such strong identification with Dandelion that it will encourage young listeners to verbalize as Dandelion. A subtle lesson in life cycles underlies a book that is gently humorous, engaging, and soothing. Stunning.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The landscapes and objects are perfectly shaded in charcoal grays and blacks, giving readers just enough detail to identify where the lion has landed. The yellow mane of the lion is reminiscent of a dandelion and acts as a frame of focus for the lion’s face, which conveys the changing moods and tone of the story. A clever and beautifully rendered wordless tale that will captivate young readers as they float along with dandelions in the circle of life.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Set free from the rules of the physical universe, Tanaka’s solo debut plays with images and forms suggested by the natural world as the dandelion’s dream comes to an end in this short, ethereal journey.
Digitally colored charcoal illustrations depict the wordless journey of a dandelion…Whether his roots ever truly leave the ground or if this is all his vivid imagination, readers will have fun deciding.
In her first outing without a collaborator, Tanaka works in charcoal enhanced by digitally applied flashes of dusky yellow that she reserves for Dandelion’s mane, tail tuft and airplane. As she did with the titular mammal in Kate DiCamillo’s The Magician’s Elephant, Tanaka finds bottomless humanity in the animals of Dandelion’s Dream…Tanaka’s point seems to be that when someone is willing to lend a hand, a dream can really take flight.
—Shelf Awareness Pro