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 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.See all Product Description