The Great Dream Robbery

Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Amy Nguyen

The best-selling creators of Kid Normal, Greg Smith and Chris Smith, are back with a fantastic and funny new story The Great Dream Robbery that children will love. Maya’s dad, eccentric scientist Professor Dexter, is trapped in his own dream by the cunning, unpleasant Lilith Delamere. Befriended by inventors Toby and Bea and aided by mattresses, a unicorn and banana – eating llamas, the three “Dream Bandits” embark on a daring rescue full of danger and magical, dream-like mayhem!

This is a fabulous story with a broad appeal (not least to Geography teachers who could use the “wave-cut platform” rap in class to great effect!). The plot is fast-paced, has comic-style fonts which will encourage reading aloud, as well as a clever narrative style which enables the authors to befriend and talk directly to their reader. In addition, there are many laugh-out-loud moments which combined with the subtle undertones of how to face your fears, will leave children wanting to read more. It’s a triumph!

Published by Puffin

Reviewed by Justine Daniels