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This review is way over due…last spring, Sheila of Wands and Worlds contacted me and asked if I would like a review copy of The Dark Dreamweaver which was being released in paperback. It looked like fun, so I took her up on her offer. Jason and I started reading it (and after a brief break for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) finished it this summer. Unfortunately, writing the review has taken a bit longer (obviously!) and for that I apologize.

From the website:

Eleven-year-old David is suffering from nightmares. Over and over again, he dreams about a strange, bear-like man with black eyes. He's not the only one; an epidemic of nightmares seems to have infected the Earth. David takes matters into his own hands and embarks on an adventure to Remin, a land powered by dreams. Aided by a caterpillar wizard, a jellyfish-man, two wise-cracking water serpents, and several other unusual characters, he sets out to find and confront the evil wizard who is causing the nightmares. The challenges that he encounters will require all of his intelligence, his courage, and most of all, his imagination.

On the whole, both Jason and I both enjoyed this book. I found the storyline very interesting and different. The characters were enjoyable and very unique. From an adult perspective, I thought that it could have used a bit more editing as it had some quirks that I found a bit distracting (compound sentences that repeated the same word being one). So I think that I will let this series be one that Jason can read on his own. He is curious where the characters will go in the next book.

Jason's review:

The Dark Dreamweaver is about a boy, David who finds a caterpillar wizard, Houdin from Remin, the magical dream world. David must help save the dream world from a dark dreamweaver, hence the name The Dark Dreamweaver.

I liked the dream world of Remin and I liked the characters especially Sir Heads Alot who kept taking his heads off and replacing them with other heads. And just so that you know, they were little manikin heads so he did not have to kill anything or use real heads.

I would recommend this book to other kids.

Stephanie and Jason

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