Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dream Jumper - Greg Grunberg & Lucas Turnbloom

Title: Dream Jumper Book One: Nightmare Escape
Author: Greg Grunberg & Lucas Turnbloom
Publisher: Graphix (Scholastic), 2016 (Paperback)
Length: 204 pages
Genre: Children's Graphic Novel
Started: August 20, 2016
Finished: August 20, 2016

From the back cover:

Ben has a gift. He can jump into other people's dreams. So when his classmates start falling victim to an evil dream monster, he knows he has to do something. But can he get to them in time? With help from a mysterious companion, Ben just might be able to defeat the monster and save his friends...if he can harness the power within.

I'm always on the lookout for new graphic novels for kids, and this one caught my eye. This is an interesting story about young Ben's ability to be a presence in the dreams of others, and though it seems like a cool ability to have, he's constantly exhausted from waking up from nightmares. His mother schedules him into a sleep clinic to get to the bottom of her son's sleep issues, and while there they discover a room full of patients trapped in sleep that cannot be woken. Ben falls into that same realm of endless sleep and is informed of his rather unique abilities from a rabbit named Lewis. But at the same time, the Nightmare Lord wants the Somni Stone that Lewis has given to Ben. Can Ben wake up his friends and escape the clutches of Erebus and the Nightmare Lord?

The art style in this book isn't quite my cup of tea, but the story is engaging and I think will be a hit amongst boys and other reluctant readers. If you teach the middle grades, you should add this to your classroom library.

A good addition to middle grade classroom libraries, especially for the boys.

Thoughts on the cover:
Nice dynamic image as a cover with a nice colour palette.

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