- File Size: 5772 KB
- Print Length: 113 pages
- Publisher: Thought Bubble Publishing; 3rd edition (September 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F21LLPK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Dream Deliverer Kindle Edition
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I confess that I'm an aficionado of kids' books who's probably read some thousands of them over the years. So I feel as though I know the terrain fairly well. I particularly love reading them out loud to kids, which I haven't had a chance to do with The Dream Deliverer (also called The Dream Thief, an earlier title ); alas, no story-age kids are nearby. This kid's book is different than any I've read...and in a good way. But really, the word "book" doesn't do it justice. In some ways, it feels more like one of the early text-based computer games (Adventure and Zork come to mind) than a traditional linear book. But it's not one of those either: much more story here.
The protagonist is a "figment" named Onry, whose job is being a "dream deliverer." He/she/it works for Morphus, the sandman, and each night Onry delivers dreams to dreaming children. On the night the story begins, Onry must deliver dreams to three different children. In the process, Onry is confronted with choices, some quite "fateful." But it's the reader that gets to pick the choices Onry makes. So choosing a particular link takes the reader (and Onry) on a different story path. Although each choice point may only have two or three choices, each choice leads to lots of different story paths, and following them is buckets of fun. And lest you think of "morality tales" as necessarily ham-handed, fear not: The Dream Deliverer is laced with enough subtlety and nuance to make it fun reading for adults.
For kids, it's a fascinating way to experience the consequences of different choices; I suspect modern computer-savvy kids will have a lot of fun with it. Hey, they might actually learn something, too. So do some young kids a favor and get them copies of The Dream Deliver. Better yet, read it with them on a tablet device; it's a unique and enjoyable way of exploring choices and their consequences in a non-threatening, non-dogmatic, non-preachy way. Cosmo has already done the hard work for us.
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