The Boy Who Dreamt the World: The Daydreamer Chronicles is a series written by an imaginative author who has created a potentially huge world made up of dreams. Something akin to what children might create, Book 1 is designed for the primary/middle-grade audience with the main character being a young boy who is a Daydreamer, caught up in the world of dreams, Reverie.
The author of this new fresh world is Jethro Punter, a father, a husband and a writer who brings a fresh idea to the world of fantasy. Many authors have created their own worlds, in which have points of originality, but Punter takes the bull by the horns when tackling the world of dreams.
There have been many stories over the years that end in the age-old “…they woke up and it was all a dream…” and readers, including myself, have become disenchanted and almost cheated by the story, and the time spent reading and feeling for the plot. Punter has successfully managed to come away from this kind of ending and talk about the dream world as a world that is parallel to ours, and yet a mirror image to this world that we know: when we sleep we wake up in Reverie, and when we sleep in Reverie we awake in the waking world.
I really liked this idea, as it seemed almost logical, and would be a believable story for children and young adults to read and understand that concept. Punter also adds different elements into this story, that nightmares and horrors can be brought into the waking world. This is a nice touch, as many people might feel those night terrors could affect them in their waking lives, but Punter just brings this to life in his story, and ***SPOILER ALERT*** the main character fights these nightmares and horrors.
Having a child as a main character who manages to save the world can be a risky story line, as this could influence children when they read it. But in The Boy Who Dreamt the World, it is easily recognisable for a young child to recognise that the main character can ‘kick ass’ in his dreams, and take control, which would be empowering for children who do suffer with night terrors.
When I was a child I did get night terrors, being chased by giant scorpions, making me run to my mother in the middle of the night or faces appearing at the window is chilling to most children, but I feel that if I had a series of fictional books that shows how to fight nightmares, maybe I might’ve felt more in control and less frightened of bedtime.
To summarise, it is hard to create a story that children can connect with, and with the characters working well with each other here, the positive feelings I felt for the main character, this could be believable and empowering for children and young people alike.
I do think this should be recommended in primary schools for them to study and discuss. There are so many elements to this book, I look forward to reading the next few in the series.
Bring it on Jethro!
*Photograph is not my own