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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550749153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550749151
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 127 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #718,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-The Dream Collector, an official charged with rounding up people's dreams every morning, is an eccentric old geezer with a broken-down truck and no toolbox. As luck would have it, Zachary, the child protagonist, is out and about, and after introducing himself, the man explains that he must get cracking in order to repair the vehicle and gather up all of the dreams before dawn ("Once sunlight touches them, they're here to stay," he says). Zachary scares up some tools and sets about gathering together an assortment of ethereal creatures, including a dragon, a knight, and a zebra. When the boy finds it impossible to herd a sheepdog, just like the one he's been asking his parents for, into the truck, he and the Dream Collector strike a deal to bring this whimsical story to a satisfying end. The Daniels' vivid mixed-media artwork adds to the rollicking fun. The idea of a person who can make one's fondest dreams come true is sure to tickle the imaginations of children.
Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

From readers' early glimpses of Zachary, the red-haired, bespectacled moppet hero of this story, standing on the edge of an orange toilet seat in his acid green jammies, they'll know this is no ordinary tale. Zachary finds two zebras and a shaggy dog drinking from the birdbath quite early one Saturday morning, and a white-bearded codger out front trying to start his truck. The codger is the Dream Collector, who gathers folks' dreams before dawn each day to keep them from becoming real when the sunlight touches them. Zachary brings him tools and tries to round up the stray dreams; zebras, pirates, a knight, and a dragon are loaded into the truck. The Dream Collector gets it started just in timebut allows the dream-conjured shaggy dog, with ``eyes like chocolate kisses'' to stay and become Zachary's real dog. Children might find the thought of dreams becoming real either delightful or creepy, but it is hard not to be charmed by the illustrations, with their deep palette of greens, reds, and blues; the fully realized shapes of Zachary and the Dream Collector and the truck are reassuring next to the more evanescent forms of the dragon and the pirates. As Zachary bounds up to his parents' bedroom with the dog in tow, young readers will have a fine time thinking about what happens next. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Vivid illustrations keep pace with the tale of young Zachary who encounters a couple of zebras and a shaggy sheepdog at the birdbath early one morning. Then he notices an old man working rather frantically on a broken-down truck, and so he meets the Dream Collector, a bigger than life taskmaster charged with gathering everyone's dreams each morning to keep them from becoming real.
Zachary assembles his hodge-podge collection of tools to try and help the old fellow get his truck running, but is soon dispatched to round up the straying dreams, a motley collection of mythical and real animals and beings.
One dream, the very one Zachary vividly recalls from the previous night, eludes captures, and when the Dream Collector gets his truck running in the nick of time, he rewards his helper by letting Zachary to keep the shaggy dog he so wants. And so we are reminded again, that maybe some dreams can come true, a befitting message for children to hear once more.
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Vivid, pleasing yarn Sept. 19 2003
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Vivid illustrations keep pace with the tale of young Zachary who encounters a couple of zebras and a shaggy sheepdog at the birdbath early one morning. Then he notices an old man working rather frantically on a broken-down truck, and so he meets the Dream Collector, a bigger than life taskmaster charged with gathering everyone's dreams each morning to keep them from becoming real.
Zachary assembles his hodge-podge collection of tools to try and help the old fellow get his truck running, but is soon dispatched to round up the straying dreams, a motley collection of mythical and real animals and beings.
One dream, the very one Zachary vividly recalls from the previous night, eludes captures, and when the Dream Collector gets his truck running in the nick of time, he rewards his helper by letting Zachary to keep the shaggy dog he so wants. And so we are reminded again, that maybe some dreams can come true, a befitting message for children to hear once more.
Scary, if you think about it Nov. 19 2005
By Biogeeks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The overall concept is kinda fun to think about - that dreams are collected at the end of the night by a guy who works like a trash collector each morning - but when you really think about it, a child could get seriously frightened by the idea that dreams can become reality once the sun rises, AND that the dream collector who is supposed to prevent this from happening can have a breakdown and let it happen anyway. I wouldn't recommend this story for the easily frightened or the very young child or the child who is having trouble with nightmares, though parents might find it amusing in concept.
Interesting tale of where dreams go when the sun comes up July 21 2010
By DeeDee Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Children will enjoy this story about a boy who wakes up early in the morning to find the "dream collector" parked in front of his yard tinkering on his pick-up truck. The dream collector explains that it is his job to pick up all the dreams before the sun comes up. The boy offers to help the man collect all the dreams that are running around, zebras, knights, dragons and so forth.

DeeDee Fox, author and illustrator, The Ruby Red Slippers

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