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Whelan, Gerard. Dream invader.

O'Brien, dist. by Independent Publishers Group. 176p. c1997. 0-86278-516-2. $7.95. J

The cover of this book is terribly misleading--looking at it one would be led to believe that the main characters of the book are a three-year-old boy and a car bed. While each of those do play a part in the book, they are not nearly as important as Saskia, Ms. Birdie Murray, and a nightmare creature called a Pooshipaw. Saskia, cousin of the three-year-old Simon, is visiting his family at a time when Simon is having terrible nightmares. No one is getting any sleep until they decide to take a holiday to visit Grandma. Grandma recognizes instantly that Simon's nightmares are the work of a Pooshipaw, who wants to take Simon away. The Pooshipaw's job is to make the child "hollow with fear" until one day he just fades away into death during sleep. Grandma seeks the help of Ms. Birdie Murray, the local witch. Saskia, fascinated by Ms. Murray, agrees to help rid Simon of the Pooshipaw. Saskia and Ms. Murray go into Simon's dreams and help the Pooshipaw become good--to bring good dreams instead of bad. Then they find the man that sent the Pooshipaw, because no Pooshipaw appears on its own; it must be created. The battle between Ms. Murray and Bad Jack, the creator of the Pooshipaw, contains magic, the element of surprise, and Saskia.

I really liked this book. If students don't judge it by the cover I think they would enjoy reading it, also. The cover drawing makes it look like a chapter book for younger readers. Saskia is about 12 or 13, and most younger YAs could relate to staying with a smaller cousin. Stacey Conrad, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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