The Dream Stealer

by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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What would you do to rescue your most precious dream?

Susana's best friend moved away, and now the only time Susana can see her is in her dreams. Until one night when the dream suddenly ends. The Dream Stealer has come, her grandmother says. The Dream Stealer does not want pretty silver earrings or dangly gold necklaces, diamonds or rubies. He wants dreams. He's supposed to take only nightmares, but he's grown scared of the monsters and phantoms. He's been stealing good dreams instead. But he's stolen from the wrong girl.

Susana is clever. She is fearless. And she wants her dream back.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Fleischman and Sís, whose previous collaborations include The Whipping Boy (1986), a Newbery Medal winner, join forces again in this fanciful, original tale drawn from Mexican lore. A dream-stealing creature used to lasso sleepers' nightmares, but he's burned out on monster wrangling and has begun to steal more pleasant images instead. His latest target is a young girl, Susana, who is heartsick after her best friend, Consuelo Louisa, moves away. Susana is delighted when she dreams of a happy horseback-riding excursion with her friend, but she wakes abruptly. Why did the dream end? Susana brings her worries to her grandmother, who tells her that the Dream Stealer is the likely cause. Susana cleverly traps the beast and convinces him to bring her to his castle, where she can retrieve the rest of her dream. While this tale lacks the solid framework and rich depth of some of Fleischman's previous winners, the range of imaginative inventions, from the cast of dream-conjured creatures to the Dream Stealer's firefly storage system, will delight children, as will the narrator's expertly modulated storyteller's cadence. Sís' black-and-white illustrations include inventive design elements that reinforce the sense of real and imagined worlds overlapping.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The duo behind the 1987 Newbery winner, The Whipping Boy, reunites for this whimsical tale that mixes fantasy and reality to heal a broken friendship. Susana fights with her best friend just before Consuelo Louisa moves to Guadalajara. Lonely and sad, Susana dreams of a happy reunion, but her reverie is interrupted when the Dream Stealer-charged with rounding up monsters and demons from nightmares so people can sleep-makes off with the blissful scene. Determined to get her dream back, clever Susana traps the Dream Stealer and forces him to fly her to the castle where the botherations he's lassoed from dreams are kept under lock and key. Fleischman's rich prose and understated humor make for easy reading; the loss of a friend, a magical journey to set things right and an empowered heroine are emotionally right on target for the audience. Sis's full-page b&w drawings often render Susana incongruously passive, but his depictions of the rest of Fleischman's oddball cast are livelier and the overall effect is a handsome package. Ages 9-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dreams -- Fiction.
Imaginary creatures -- Fiction.
Mexico -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Greenwillow Books,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Sís, Peter, 1949-
Language English
Description 89 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780061787294 (pbk.)
0061787299 (pbk.)
9780061755637 (trade bdg.)
006175563X (trade bdg.)
9780061755644 (lib. bdg.)
0061755648 (lib. bdg.)
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