October 2011, Puddletown Publishing
ebook (and paperback)
Themes: dreams, imagination, friendships, family life, being a hero, a lot of humour
Being twelve years old can be challenging, but add to that the unusual ability to experience dreams as reality and you begin to understand Patrick's need for a little self-control. A "sweet" dream devouring the world's largest ice cream sundae can end with an enormous stomach ache. A fall from a bike means Patrick wakes up with a broken arm. Try explaining that to the emergency room doctor! Oh wait - that would be Patrick's mom. She's a dream seeker, too, as are Patrick's sister and brother. If Patrick follows the family's dream-seeking rules he can have cool night time adventures. But if he forgets...
I loved the chapter heading of the start illustration, and also the other illustrations which fit in well with the story. I found myself smiling a lot, especially when phrases melded perfectly with the story. There were a few areas which drew me out of the story's spell: some awkward phrasing, words not always seeming suitable for the story, plot flow not always smooth or logical, characters sometimes acting out of character. Overall this gets 7/10, as I did really enjoy most of itt.
For another very peculiar story with lots of humour and twists, try Boom! by Mark Haddon