Just a Dream


Author: Chris Van Allsburg


Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

VAN ALLSBURG, Chris. Just a Dream. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 4to, [48]pp. Olive half-cloth spine stamped in gilt with green boards pictorially stamped in blind. Tan endpapers; 9 double-page, color pictorial spreads with numerous other color illustrations. A bright, clean copy with slight rubbing to upper and lower edges, minute bumping at corners, and small dent along top edge, in original color pictorial dust jacket (price-clipped, slight wear at corners). Signed by two-time Caldecott Medalist, Chris Van Allsburg.

First edition. Walter is a litterbug who does not appreciate the beauty of nature, or understand his role in keeping the planet healthy... until a fantastic journey shows him the tragic fate that could befall Earth if humans like him are not more careful. Are Walters actions really helping his planet along the road to destruction, or is it all just a dream? An ecological fable, with artwork that pays homage to Winsor McKay.