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Dream a little dream…

Today’s review is of Dreamweaver, by Claire Freedman and Carrie May, published by Templar.,204,203,200_.jpg

I shouldn’t have sat down to read Claire Freedman’s newest picture book on a damp, dark August day. I was already sleepy, craving the warmth of my duvet (I repeat, IN AUGUST!), and by the end, and with the help of Carrie May’s beautiful drawings, I was ready for bed.

Claire Freedman is better known for her Alien Love Underpants series, but this title marks a new direction for the bestselling author. Instead of zany humour, this picture book looks at the dreamy Dreamweaver, who travels the earth and the skies, searching for wonderful dreams to add to her sack and give to little ones who are struggling to get settled. She’s a fairy-like version of the Big Friendly Giant, without the threat of any nasties!

The book is written in verse which is lullaby-like in nature, and Freedman’s heavy use of the ‘s’ sound in her words helps to create a sleepy, relaxing feel. Carrie May’s illustrations are as comforting as the words, creating gentle worlds of magic. Children will love the different settings the Dreamweaver visits to gather her dreams and the colours that bring them to life.

A lovely, comforting bedtime read that will be popular with little ones who are partial to a gentle lullaby at bedtime.

Please note that while I was sent a copy for review, the views expressed here are entirely my own.



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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