The Dream Stealer: An Experimental View (Hardcover)

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By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis (Illustrator), Sid Fleischman (Illustrator)
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July 2009 Indie Next List

“Susana's good dreams are being stolen, and she wants them back! She must face all sorts of trials and treachery, but by her good example she teaches others to do the right thing. A wonderful story of determination and friendship.”
— Betsy Cebulski, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


There is a bandit who comes in the night. He does not want pretty silver earrings or dangly gold necklaces, not diamonds or rubies.

What does he want?

Listen, I will tell you.

He wants dreams.

He is supposed to take only nightmaresthe dreams of monsters and phantomsbut he's grown scared. He's been taking the good dreams instead.

But one night he steals from the wrong girl.

Susana is clever. She is wily. She is brave.

And she wants her dream back.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061755637
ISBN-10: 006175563X
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 96
Language: English