The incredible tale of a half-fairy Dreammaker down on his luck…
“Dream making as clever as Roald Dahl’s in the BFG” is how Kirkus describes the first paperback from the Addison’s Tales musical storyworld set to appear in bookshops around the world this summer. Tom Thorneval – Dream Merchant Extraordinaire is the rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale that follows the misadventures of a very likable Dreammaker aiming to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, his great plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and Tom is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure.
With his loyal (if slightly insane) stoat Wix, a devastated Tom battles on through a series of horrifically funny misfortunes as he makes his way towards what he hopes is the Grand Goblin Fair, only to draw farther away from it in the process. Will the courageous half-fairy make it back to his true love Mary? Will she be waiting for him? Or will all the orcs, imps, witches, dwarves and mysterious creatures that line the forest paths ruin his one chance at happiness?
The answer lies in the pages of this innovative literary event that races middle-schoolers through a Pythonesque world of music, color and wild adventure. Readers are invited to listen to the three songs from the tale with their smartphones and go on to learn the über-catchy, author-composed melodies at the Addison’s Tales channel on MuseScore.com. The fairytale will never be the same again …
I was offered a free copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This is an enchanting musical fairytale – or more accurately, anti-fairytale – aiming to reach a young audience but which will please both children and adults.
It has all the good old traditional elements of a tale and more than enough fantasy: Goblins, Fairies, Trolls, Toads, you name it!
Amongst less traditional concepts, we have the ‘interactivity’ feature – it provides you with links to listen to songs. I do think it should have more songs and links in order for this concept to be fully explored.
There is also a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ type of choice – only one and I have yet to evaluate its impact.
Things are never easy for poor Tom, our very special hero, which of course, makes the whole narrative more interesting. His misadventures also explore deeper concepts in a very clever way and the book delivers quite a few philosophical messages and lessons on morality.
Storytelling at its best, I should only complain about the time it took me to get into the actual story – and I can imagine children will be as impatient!
The tone of the book was quite fitting and entertaining, with the right dose of humour and silliness. Expect a few interesting twists too.
Overall, a very enjoyable read.
A realistic journey (“things don’t always go as planned”) hidden behind a fantasy world.