Dreamy Days and Random Naps is the third picture book for adults (although smaller people are also likely to enjoy the daily dilemmas they explore) published by Mawson, a writer bear who lives with his guardian and many furry friends in Perth, Australia. While Mawson sits quietly pondering the complexities of being, his friends: go travelling, play music, dream of heroic deeds, build inventions such as a Hope-Maker. All come to Mawson to share what they have been doing, seeking his wisdom when worries occur.
One thing all the bears understand is the importance of regular naps.
Mawson has wisdom to share in this, an area of particular expertise.
The bears nap and dream, dream and nap. They are not afraid to follow when dreams beckon. The travellers go out and then return. The inventors test their creations. Outcomes are not always what was envisaged.
Mawson understands that dreams can be important, offering hope and the chance to make life a little better.
He also understands the importance of not focusing too much on what might have been, or will be in the future, when there is so much to appreciate in the here and now.
There is a hint of melancholy in many of the bears’ ponders – a desire to be something just beyond what is possible. Mawson provides a fine reminder that what we all have – the ability to be in the moment – can be enough if recognised and permitted by each self.
Mawson’s true strength is in being there for his friends, to listen and support whatever their endeavours. Readers can take comfort in his ponders, and maybe strive to be a little more like Mawson themselves.
This is a delightful addition to a series that offers advice sprinkled with gentle humour. The pictures help bring the bears to life.
My copy of this book was provided gratis by the author.