An Awesome Book
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Dallas Clayton makes me smile. Often, very often. He doesn’t make me laugh, he makes me smile. The reason is his project An Awesome Book and the idea behind it. I smiled everytime I saw another page of his book. Why? Because it is the nicest, the most beautiful thing I’ve seen for a loooong time.
Dallas Clayton presents himself like this:
“This is all you need to know to understand what goes on here :
I try to make things that are beautiful.
Sometimes these things are written down.
Sometimes they are drawn.
Sometimes they are wrapped and plastic and sold in important stores
for more money than they cost to manufacture.
I love making most things.
I am most interested in making people happy.
I have a son who is six years old.
I enjoy making him happy most of all.
I would like to do this more and more every day forever.
This is why I write for children.
When I am not writing for children I am writing for adults and the
companies adults run, drawing pictures for those adults, and reading things out loud to crowds of strangers.
I love strangers.”
Very nice, isn’t it? But that’s Dallas Clayton and his book is even more “awesome”. The idea behind the Awesome Book is….really awesome. He wrote the book in order to promote children’s literacy by encouraging kids to dream and dream often. His description says: “It’s for kids but also for adults and has caused 8 out of 20 readers to cry… in a good way.” I didn’t have to cry (so far), I just smiled the whole time I was looking at the inside of the book.
It reminds me of the books by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss also published children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhymes, and inspirational stories. My favourite is Oh, the places you’ll go. Basically it tells you that everything is going to be fine whatever you want to do and where you want to go. I gave it to my sister after she graduated school.
But the social snow ball effect is so amazing. For every book sold another book is given away for free. But Dallas Clayton can describe it much better than me:
Wet eyes? No? But maybe you want to support him? Just because this is one of the best things I have seen, ever. And mybe you think the same. It’s a dream but a dream which has become real. I think this project is totally worth it to be supported. You can purchase the book here. Or donate to the Awesome World Foundation. I ordered a book.