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The Dream Stealer Hardcover – August 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: AWARDS: Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Grades 3-5
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006175563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061755637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–5—Basing a story on a carved Mexican figure, Fleischman weaves a short tale around a Dream Stealer, Zumpango, who perches outside windows waiting to snitch nightmares from sleeping children. Scared by some of the critters he has lassoed, he starts taking happy dreams. But he hasn't reckoned with Susana, who wants back her interrupted dream of a happy reunion with a friend with whom she has had a fight. She tricks Zumpango into flying her to his lair to take back the dream. There she faces down and outfoxes the nightmare creatures (some borrowed from folktales) and agrees to be Zumpango's new friend if he will leave her good dreams alone. When she is returned home, a phone call from her old friend provides a cheerful end. Sís's ink drawings feature just the right mix of surreal, funny, scary, and reassuring images (but sharp readers will note that while the text has the Dream Stealer escaping an ogre feet first through a narrow window, the illustration shows him stuck head first). Set within a loving Spanish family, the tale twinkles with Fleischman's signature crisp language and laugh-out-loud wordplay. All in all, it's a quick, unique read that's sure to give young chapter-book readers shivers, laughs, and satisfaction.—Susan Hepler, formerly at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA END

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“This fanciful, original tale drawn from Mexican lore…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.” (Booklist (starred review))

“The author breathes life into this Mexican-flavored world with a storytelling manner that’s teasing and intriguing by turns.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The tale twinkles with Fleischman’s signature crisp language and laugh-out-loud wordplay…[a] unique read that’s sure to give young chapter-book readers shivers, laughs, and satisfaction.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

Since his autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life, was published in 1996, Sid Fleischman has been stealing the spotlight with his exuberant brand of nonfiction. Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World is Fleischman's fourth true tale, following the widely acclaimed The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West and the best-selling Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.
Fleischman's books have been made into films, performed as plays, and translated into nineteen languages. The author was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Whipping Boy.
Sid Fleischman lives in Santa Monica, California.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Dibble on January 30, 2010
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Talk about an exciting story! My 4th grade students can't put the book down!

Yes, the Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman mirrors Roald Dahl' BFG in many ways, but that makes it a great tool to teach comparing/contrasting. It also has similes on almost every page, which the kids love interpreting and using in their own writing. I also like the fact that the book takes place in Mexico, hence, giving its main characters and setting a non-stereotypical flair. My students took weeks to learn to say the name Consuelo Louisa properly, and I'm fine, fine, fine with that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cyn W. on December 21, 2013
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Wonderful, wonderful, imaginative story told in the magic realism style. It is now on my list of favorite gifts to give!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ANNETTA ARNOLD on February 19, 2013
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grandson needed this book for school, he loved it glad we could find in on amazon, thanks for having this product
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