Start your review of The Daydreamer Write a review Shelves: all-time-favorites , secret-gems , blew-my-mind , favorite-short-stories , fit-for-eliska-age , best-readsthrough Watch out! Im coming down the street on my pogo stick!! You want me to read a kids book? I dont think so.
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Start your review of The Daydreamer Write a review Shelves: all-time-favorites , secret-gems , blew-my-mind , favorite-short-stories , fit-for-eliska-age , best-readsthrough Watch out! Im coming down the street on my pogo stick!! You want me to read a kids book? I dont think so. Give me adult drama, the more messed up and angsty the better. Bad decisions, deceit, despair, sign me up. But I listened to Betsy, whom I thank profusely for letting me in on this secret collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Ian McEwan, and for suggesting I read it to the 9-year-old I sit for.
Ive never read anything aloud but picture books, and that was for the captive Watch out! So I had my doubts. I threw the idea out to the kid, half expecting her not to bite. I got a little nervous when she gave me an excited yes. And she did. Two pages in, and I was pretty much a goner. OMG is this a good book! It was strange hearing myself read. I had to try to slow down and speak clearly, things I never have to worry about when I read with my mouth shut.
So if I talk to myself, I have better concentration? At least I know how to pay attention to myself, lol. I read for an hour and a half straight, without even having to pee, and I saw that I was already halfway through this page book of deliciousness. The kid, who at her age can still multi-task the lucky dog , began weaving some sort of original pencil holder, and she listened intently, throwing out some good comments as she wove away. The stories, oh the stories.
McEwan is such a master! There are seven stories, all gems. They are all about a boy named Peter who is a chronic daydreamer; he fantasizes some far-out situations, with himself as the star. Things are not what they appear to be. He turns things inside out, does some switching of beings, and explores different lives.
My favorite is probably The Cat. The kid liked The Dolls the best. The book took me back to being a child, the fun of imagining things. Often I would write instead of read.
In middle school we had to pick a book and then present a report on it in front of the class. I wanted an A, so a girl has to do what a girl has to do. I quickly made up a book with some kind of sci-fi plot, with characters who had bald heads.
Okay, it was my turn, so I proceeded to describe the imaginary book in front of the class. I had everything down on index cards so it looked official--and also so I could remember what I made up. I snowed my teacher and I also got to use my imagination, which was chomping at the bit. There were a bunch of firsts for me: first time I read a book aloud, first time I read a book in two sittings, first time I got to share a book, to take it in at the exact same time that someone else is.
I was a radio, except I got to listen to me, too. This book had a profound effect on me. It told my imagination to just skip, baby, skip. Childhood memories and story ideas just raced through my head. Without question, the book went right on to my precious Blew My Mind shelf.
Time to go home. I was totally high on the book. I had to trade my car for a pogo stick and I hopped all the way down the winding Novelty Hill Road. I was just too wired and exhilarated to do anything but bounce. Each story in this collection takes you someplace exciting, fantastical, comfy, and wise. Get ready.
Synopsis[ edit ] The book comprises seven interlinked stories about a young boy, Peter Fortune, whose daydreams place him into various fantastic situations: he discovers a cream that makes people vanish and makes his family disappear; conquers a bully on the thought that life was a dream so he had nothing to lose but to wake up, transforms into a cat and fights off a new tabby stray, transforms into his baby cousin and experiences the joys of being a toddler, a doll and gets his arm and leg ripped off to match a mangled doll, and, in the last story, an adult in which he discovers how boring adults are compared to kids. He is 10 years old at the start of the novel and 12 at the end. Publication[ edit ] The novel was first published by Jonathan Cape and has been translated into several languages. It has been reprinted by Vintage , amongst others. McEwan read the stories to his children as he wrote them. Ending the review, Leavitt concluded that McEwan is at his best when he simply writes, not when he is "writing for children".
Our paper procurement policy can be found on www. He drew out a small dark blue jar with a black lid. He stared at these words a long time, try- ing to grasp their meaning. Inside was a thick white cream whose surface was smooth. It had never been used. He poked the tip of his forefinger in.