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Mabel and the Queen of Dreams by Henry L. Hertz

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. "I'm thirsty." "I need to use the bathroom." "Will you tell me a story?" Luckily, Mom's quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children's dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio's soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people's dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep. For ages 0-6. 

Goodreads Summary

There are a lot of children's authors out there trying to make the next big bed time story book for the kids out there (maybe the parents too). "Mabel and the Queen of Dreams" is a great imaginative book that appeals to all ages even though it is aimed at children. The descriptive, colorful, and tastefully fun language that is used to tell the story makes this tale jump out and become a realistic dream world that the parents will love to read, and the kids will love to listen to. The excuses that Mabel uses will have you laughing right along with your kids as you read them into dreamland. The illustrations are pretty amazing as well, and will definitely add to the reading experience as your children are engaged with the story. This is definitely not one to pass up.

4.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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  1. nrlymrtl said...:

    This was a fun children's book. I liked the bit of Shakespeare at the end and the detailed illustrations.