Pam Munoz Ryan's fictionalized account of poet Pablo Neruda's childhood is, in one simple word, magical. She lyrically and soulfully depicts the events and relationships that are the basis for the man Neftali would become. Peter Sis' stippled drawings are perfectly suited to the text -- full of whimsy and beauty and angst. (The green text and illustrations were a nice touch, as Neruda always wrote in green, it being the color of hope.) I'd be surprised if The Dreamer is not regarded as a classic in the future. I'd love for every child to read this -- it would be an inspiring introduction for young readers to a masterful writer and interesting and impressive person.
(I borrowed this from my library, but I will HAVE to own my own copy.)