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The Dream Stealer

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  243 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
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 wron
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Greenwillow Books
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Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This short fantasy made a great read aloud for my visiting granddaughter. The heroine enters a magic castle with the dream stealer to try to retrieve a dream she wants back. Marvelous adventures follow and all ends happily.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was really cute and creative.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chn-fantasy
A wonderful adventure about a creature tired of taking away only bad and haunting dreams, looking for some fun and happiness instead, and the little girl that got in his way. She wants her dream back and won't take no for an answer. The chapters are short, the text is wide spaced and accompanied by full page illustrations, and therefore does not overwhelm. A great pick for young readers enjoying fantasy and a feisty, fearless and clever heroine. I always enjoy notes in which the author explains ...more
Bridget Allebach
Title: The Dream Stealer
Author: Sid Fleischman
Illustrator: Peter Sis
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme(s): Fantasy, Mexican culture, Dreams
Opening line/sentence: “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?”
Brief Book Summary: Most thieves want things worth money but the dream stealer has something else in mind. Coming in to save people from their nightmares has become a thing of the past when he h
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Dream Stealer

By Sid Fleischman

The Dream Stealer is about a girl named Susana who is eight years old. She and her best friend had recently had a fight and stopped talking to each other. Weeks later, Susana’s ex-friend, Consuelo Louisa, moved away to a big city. Susana falls asleep one night and dreams of her and Consuelo Louisa playing together and being friends once again. Susana and Consuelo Louisa are racing horses along a riverbed when suddenly Consuelo Louisa’s horse trips and she is se
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
This new novel from a renowned author of juvenile lit should win quite a number of fans with its fresh take on the fairy tale type of story.

The Dream Stealer traces the happenings in the life of eight-year-old Susana, a Mexican girl who is about to come into close experience with a mythical creature known as The Dream Stealer. It is the job of the Mexican Dream Stealer to intercept the unpleasant dreams that people have and allow only their good ones to come to fruition, but somewhere along the
Eva Mitnick
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children

Susana misses her good friend Consuelo Louisa, who has moved from their small Mexican village up to Guadalajara, so when a dream she has about Consuelo Louisa is suddenly snatched away, Susana is upset. When she discovers that the culprit is an odd polka-dotted birdlike creature called the Dream Stealer, she lays a trap for him and demands that he give her dream back.

This leads to a flight to the Dream Stealer’s strange and distant castle, where dreams float about looking like fireflies and crea
Tessa Joy
May 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Adriane Devries
Yet another enjoyable tale in Sid Fleischman’s repertoire, this story imagines into being a character called the Dream Stealer, whose job is to steal nightmares from little children. Based on a statue he once saw in a Mexican handicraft shop, his character takes on endearing charm as he has become frightened of nightmares himself and now, rather sheepishly, only steals happy dreams. He meets his match in a young lady who catches him out and demands her good dream back so that she can see how it ...more
I wish there had been more illustrations in this book and I wish they had been in color. They were kind of drab. The dream stealer was supposed to be vibrant with unusual colors so the black and white really takes away from that idea.

There were several typos in this book that drove me crazy. Lots of "Said Susana" before the actual dialog. That was irritating. I had to reread those sections several times trying to figure out if this error was intentional or a typo. I ruled typo.

The story is simp
Sherry Dale Rogers
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers, to help with sleeping
Shelves: book-reviews
Who is that peeking through the window at night, is it a monster? No, it’s the Dream Stealer, and he has come to steal your nightmares away. But the Dream Stealer has grown scared and now he is after your good dream.

The Dream Stealer has stolen from the wrong muchacha, and Susana and she is mad. Determined to get her dream back, Susana tricks the Dream Stealer with a bowl of very hot pepper.

The Dream Stealer agrees to give her, her dream back in exchange for some much needed water. Join them as
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Once upon a time in Mexico our plucky young heroine, Susana, is awoke from her dream by a Dream Stealer before she has a chance to see her best friend safe at the conclusion of her dream. Determined to finish the dream and see all made well, she journeys to the Dream Stealer's castle where she must locate her dream among all the stolen dreams flying around in the form of fire flies. In addition to dealing with the cranky Dream Stealer, she must use her wit and courage to take on a two-headed gia ...more
Miss Ryoko
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Well, I most certainly wasn't expecting for this book to be so awesome! Haha! The story sounded cute so I checked it out to see if it was something I could read at school... I'm not sure if it is (I have a feeling the other teachers would have a problem with it, but I wouldn't) but I LOVED it! The writing is fantastic (THANK YOU SID FLEISCHMAN FOR WRITING HIGH QUALITY LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN)and I love the Dream Stealer and the way he talks. It's great. I thought the dialogue was clever and fres ...more
Sunday Cummins
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Anna loved this book. It was okay. It's a transitional level chapter book - so written for about a second grade reader. I read it aloud to her. Feels very much like the BFG although not as original. Very simple plot. The dream stealer is not such a bad guy after all and learns a lot from the main character - Susana who solves his problem by outwitting a two headed ogre who has escaped from the dream stealer's dungeon. He becomes courageous because of her actions. Takes place in Mexico and includ ...more
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
A young girl has fallen out with her best friend and misses her very much. To make matters worse, the friend and her family have moved away before the rift can be mended. Mixing contemporary story with Mexican legend, Fleischman has created a sweet story for 7-9 year old girls. He does a nice job exploring interpersonal relationships through "dreams" combined with a bit of adventure and a bit of self-empowerment.

Not one of my favorite Fleischman books but fine for a quick read. Every once in a w
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
A little girl is in the middle of a good dream about her best friend (whom she misses), when everything goes dark. Upset at the loss of her dream, she tracks down the thief: the Dream Stealer, who is supposed to take only the bad dreams, but he is tired of all the negativity, so he sneaks the good ones too. Susana is a plucky heroine and her adventures are charmingly illustrated by Peter Sis. A good readaloud, written after the author's acquisition of a Mexican figurine called the Dream Stealer. ...more
Miz Lizzie
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7-11 year olds
In Mexico, little Susana wakes up with an incomplete dream about her best friend who has moved away. The Dream Stealer, who is only supposed to take away the nightmares, stole Susana's dream. Determined to get the dream back, Susana tricks the Dream Stealer into taking her back to his castle where he keeps all the stolen dreams and nightmares. Written in the style of an oral folktale, this would make a wonderful read-aloud.
Meghan Peters
This was about a how there was someone who stole your bad dreams, but at times he got bored and stole good ones too. One day a boy was dreaming about his friend and the dream stealer came and stole his dream, so he insisted he get his good dream back. He did everything he could to get it back on to see what happens. I would have this book in my classroom just so that kids could use their imaginations.
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it
In the tradition of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost, and the Tooth Fairy, The Dream Stealer visits children while they are sleeping. The Dream Stealer takes away bad dreams, until he loses his nerve. Then Susana's bravery helps the Dream Stealer regain his courage.

A bumptious tale that might leave a small child with a nightmare. Or might infuse the small child with courage to take on all comers.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-book
The author, Sid Fleischman, always finds a humorous way to tell stories. I read this book in 30 minutes. It's short and fun. It's about an 8 year old girl who insists on having her dream returned to her after the dream stealer snatches it from her sleep. She ends up having an adventure at the dream stealer's castle, where he keeps all the stolen dreams. It's a simple book about bravery, friendship, and wits
RLL220F16_Lashaundra McKenzie Lashaundra
Fantasy : Age 8-12
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. Heis 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.
NewFranklin School
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting fable type book and would make an interesting read aloud. The language and imagery are beautiful and will make readers/listeners really stretch their minds. Opportunities for inferring, examining metaphors, etc. Would give it a try as a read aloud for grade 3+. - Ms. Patterson
Victoria Whipple
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: tcp, folk-tale
In this modern tale which features a Mexican folk figure, Sid Fleischman tells the story of plucky Susana who is mad at having her dream stolen. She demands that the dream stealer take her to his lair so she can retrieve her interrupted dream, which she wants to finish.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Short (89 pages, large print) humorous fantasy about a character in Mexican mythology, called a dream stealer. The dream stealer is supposed to steal away only nightmares, but this one steals Susana's preciously good dream and she needs to track him down to discover the ending. (2nd - 4th grade)
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Reads like a folktale. Little girls dream was stolen by a mythical creature. She forces him to give it back. Based on initial descriptions I got the impression that the book was set in the 1800s or early 1900s. Was surprised by the cell phone in the final chapter.
Juliette Posner
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son and I read this together -- and it was a charming tale, short enough to read rather quickly. Zumpango is charming and Susana down to earth -- allowing for two opposing characters that can learn from one another.
Christian McKay
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As eye-opening and exciting as a jalapeno that is "neither too mild nor too hot." Every line was short and succinct and sprinkled with that element that makes you believe it was written by a ghost. Slender and perfect.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really cute little read. My 9 year old daughter, 17 year old son and I all enjoyed the tale and the writer's style in the telling.

Sam Bloom
Dec 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was pretty bizarre, but (mostly) in a good way. Any time Peter Sis is involved it's going to be good. The story was interesting, but the ending was sort of rushed.
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Feisty little girl has adventure, slightly scary, mostly just funny.
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As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will m ...more
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