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The Other Felix

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Felix has nightmares. Every night when he falls asleep he goes to the land of monsters, and when he wakes up he's back in his bed with mud on his feet and torn pajamas. One night Felix meets a boy who knows how to fight the monsters, a boy who looks just like him and is also named Felix. The Other Felix is a fantastical, psychological story of growing up for kids who have ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press
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What would you do if each time you fell asleep you found yourself in a world filled with monsters? Would you run and hide? Would you fight them? Would you become their friends? Imagine it. This is what Felix experiences every night when he falls asleep. At first it is terrifying. Then he meets Other Felix, who looks just like him, but knows how to stay safe in a land of monsters. Felix's dream land becomes a place he longs to visit to escape his real life where he is dealing with parents job str ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Hank rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A boy named Felix enters a wild and darkly forested dreamworld every time he falls asleep. Every time, monster chase him and they are not kind when they catch him. In waking life, Felix struggles with distracted parents and a bully at school. Seems normal enough so far, right? It is until Felix meets another human in his nightmares: himself. But the Other Felix that he meets knows everything Felix doesn't like how to survive in the woods, how to make a bow and shoot it, how to start a fire and h ...more
I love a children's chapter book that doesn't oversimplify the message. Besides being beautifully written, The Other Felix tells a multifaceted story about facing fears and weighing an inherent goodness and sensible outlook against the appeal of revenge. Felix is a believable and relatable character with real problems. The exchanges between him and his parents - the stale breath on Felix's face as his father tells of his challenges at work, his mother's exhaustion at the end of the day - are par ...more
Felix lives in a big city; he's never seen real mountains or lakes, but now he sees them every night, when he dreams. Every time Felix sleeps, now--now that his father's work project is going badly and his dad's never around and there's a big kid at school who doesn't want to be Felix's friend--he winds up in a wild world of monsters and Other Felix. Other Felix saves Felix from the monsters, shows him how to build a bow, how to hunt, how to fight monsters, and the Felixes are friends; Felix eve ...more
Christy Stillwell
The Other Felix was a page turning read. I loved the idea of it going into dream worlds, and I really appreciated that this didn't fall into the "daddy neglects me so I'm afraid at school." Nope, Felix has his troubled sleep issues first, then dad's work issues compound the situation. Ultimately, Felix has to deal with this scary stuff on his own, as most kids do. I thought this might scare my six year old, who has troubled dreams himself, but my eight year old read it herself; it took three nig ...more
Felix lives in a big skyscraper apartment with his mom and dad and goes to a big school where he has no friends. And to make it worse, Chase, the new boy is a bully. At night when Felix goes to sleep he goes to a forest dream world where there is another Felix and together they learn how to make tools and fight the scary monsters that chase them. Can the lessons he learn in one world help him in the other?

In a lot of ways it reminded me of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Written on about a 3rd grade
This is a story where Felix, a boy who has problems at school and at home, finds even more to overcome when his dreams begin to strand him in a dangerous woodland world complete with ferocious monsters and a brave boy who looks just like Felix.
Be warned, the chills come from the real world as much as Felix's nightmares; as his mother briefly discusses her job as a nurse working with extremely sick children (sometimes the children die, their bodies end up in the graveyard, etc), and th
Jeff Raymond
Felix has a lot on his mind in his life. There's a new kid at school who's a bit of a bully, and his parents are working hard and things may not be working out with their work.

And then there's when Felix goes to sleep. When he goes to sleep, he ends up in a world with all sorts of monstrous dangers, and an alternate version of himself.

So yeah - a neat concept, somewhat Wild Things-esque, with decent, inessential execution, I thought. For as much action and adventure this could have had, it reall
while this was a quick read, I found it to be very confusing - or rather, I imagine it would be very confusing to a child reader. Felix has nightmares, and is transported into a dreamland filled with monsters... and with another Felix, who looks just like him, yet the Other Felix isn't afraid of monsters. During the day, a new student in class named Chase bullies Felix, and I suppose what confuses me about the story is what metaphors the author is attempting to draw between Felix, the Other Feli ...more
OCLS Staff Picks
A worried young boy has nightmares every night that literally bring him into a dark and scary world full of monsters. Pretty scary and a fast read.

Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended book

Available from OCLS in print.
Pretty interesting as a story, but definitely geared to younger children in the analogy of What To Do About Bullies. I did like the end when Felix offered to help his dad with his problems.
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