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 nightmares—the dreams of monsters and phantoms—but 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.
About the Author
Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.
Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.
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The Dream Stealer
Muchachos and muchachas, boys and girls, do you know what happened to the fearless little girl who lives in the pink stucco house behind the plaza? Fearless, but lonely. Lonely, but plucky. Do you believe in marvels?
After a long, hot day, the sun dropped behind a prickly clump of cactus without scratching itself. Then a warm night fell over the Mexican town, soft as velvet, with stars flashing like fireflies.
Bedroom windows were flung open to the evening air. Soon it would be time for Susana to go to bed. Yes, that was her name. Susana. With one n. Eight years old.
Unknown to her, Susana had a night visitor. Outside, a great bird with big feet was flying in as silently as an owl. It circled the pink house.
After a long journey, the strange creature came to rest on a limb of the old pepper tree in the patio of Susana's house.
A bird, did I say? Yes and no. Its wings and feathers flashed orange and red polka dots like bloodshot eyes—and green spots and purple ones, too. You'd think the night visitor had the allover measles. Now, think of teeth as sharp as broken crockery. And a full moon of a face, with cunning eyes protruding like a frog's.
An ogre? A monster? What could it be, hanging in the pepper tree like a great piñata?
I'll tell you. Be patient.The Dream Stealer. Copyright © by Sid Fleischman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a charming little story set in Mexico about a little girl called Susana, who, one night as she is having a pleasant dream about her best friend who has recently moved away, is very annoyed to find the dream has abruptly been interrupted. The culprit of course is the Dream Stealer, a strange creature with orange wings and feathers with red polka dots, green and purple spots, sharp teeth and protruding eyes like a frog's. He is meant to only steal away children's nightmares, but he's recently taken to stealing good dreams too. Susana is a clever girl, and she has every intention catching the creature and making him give her back her precious dream. It's a charming tale about facing one's fears using one's wits, and very cleverly told. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I'll be looking out for more books by Sid Fleischman, who has written more than 60 children's books, several of which he worked on with Peter Sís. He's also won a Newbery Medal among other awards.
Ok story about an stealer of dreams who decides he want to take good dreams instead of the scary ones