The Girl Who Could Not Dream is a fun and magical fantasy adventure that has a hint of The BFG meets The Neverending Story.
I found it both funny and touching at times, and even had tears welling up at one point.
I loved the bookshop that served up homemade cupcakes, and had a hidden shop in the basement that sold dreams. I also loved the fun characters Monster and Glitterhoof.
Monster reminded me of when I asked Father Christmas for one of those huge ‘My Pet Monster’ cuddly toys one year. I had that cuddly toy for years. I also had a dreamcatcher hanging from my curtain rail for a few years, so I found the details about dreamcatchers fascinating, and wished I’d known more as a child, as I might have had less nightmares.
It really felt like this book could have been written for me if I had read it as a child. It even made reference to My Little Pony, which was my all-time obsession as a child.
Sophie is a bit of a misfit who doesn’t fit in with the cool kids, so I think this would really appeal to children and young teenagers who are perhaps a little shy or lacking in self-confidence. It can also be enjoyed by big 37 year old kids like myself.
I would like to thank the publisher, Clarion Books for allowing me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.