Heyday Books Publishes 'Dream Town,' a Children's Book About the Fantasy Architecture of Los Angeles

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Heyday Books has published "Dream Town," the first picture book about Los Angeles’s fantastic buildings from a child’s perspective, and a whimsical tribute to the quirky architecture of the city. Author Michelle Markel provides a fun and informative introduction for children to L.A.'s architectural history—including an appendix of thumbnail photos of the actual buildings. Rick Reese’s illustrations complete the eye-popping tour of the renowned Angelino cityscape with vibrant color and charm.

Take an imagination vacation to Dream Town—a place where castles and witches’ houses line the streets, giant donuts abound, dragons parade and stamp, and glowing space stations serve chocolate milkshakes. In this magical place, the weather is always temperate and there are stars everywhere you look. And Dream Town is closer than you think; it’s just another name for that famous city in snazzy, sunny southern California -- Los Angeles.

Dream Town, the first picture book about Los Angeles’s fantastic buildings from a child’s perspective, offers a whimsical tribute to the quirky architecture of a place nearly four million Americans call home. Drawing on her own experiences growing up there, author Michelle Markel provides a fun and informative introduction for children to the architectural history of Los Angeles -- including an appendix of thumbnail photos of the actual buildings.

Rick Reese’s illustrations complete the eye-popping tour of the renowned Angelino cityscape with vibrant color and charm. This book demonstrates the emotional impact of innovative architecture and will inspire children of all ages to view familiar buildings with magic and wonder, transforming their hometowns into enchanting Dream Towns of their own imaginations.

Michelle Markel grew up in Los Angeles. She has worked as a teacher and a freelance writer, and her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers and magazines. She is the author of three children’s books: Gracias, Rosa; Cornhusk, Silk and Wishbones; and Dreamer from the Village.

Rick Reese was born in Long Beach, California, and raised in northern California. He has worked as an illustrator for comic books and as a product designer for the toy industry. Currently he works as an illustrator and teaches at Cal State Long Beach. He lives in Laguna Hills with his wife and two-year-old daughter.

Dream Town is available through bookstores, major book distributors including Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and other distribution centers, or by contacting Heyday Books directly at (510) 549-3564, by fax at (510) 549-1889 or by visiting their website at http://www.heydaybooks.com.

For Interviews and Review Copy Requests, please call (510) 549-3564.

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