By Neil Waldman
Dream Yard Press, 32 pages, $17.95
In the picture book from author and artist Neil Waldman, Al and Teddy are brothers. Teddy has always been in awe of his big brother’s adventures. Al tells him that he gets to fly around the moon in a rocket ship, that he has a palace in the clouds and that there is a stallion named Snowflake waiting for him when Teddy is old enough to visit. Teddy eagerly awaits the day when he will be old enough to fly with Al to this magical place. Soon though, Teddy learns that this kingdom exists only in Al’s imagination and comes to life because of his brother’s exceptional artistic abilities.
Al and Teddy is a beautiful book identifying how strong the bond of brothers can be. This is the first book from Dream Yard Press. The publishing company comes from the Dream Yard Project—a project-based arts learning program dedicated to igniting a love of arts in public school students and their communities. The project supports children in the Bronx, New York. Proceeds from the sale of Al and Teddy will be used to continue the arts education program.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero