Steve's Dreams: Steve and the Singing Pirates
|ISBN: 9781910080320 (1910080322)Publication Date September 2015|
Publisher: Firefly Press Ltd, CardiffIllustrated by Huw AaronSuitable for age 7-9 or Key Stage 2
Format: Paperback, 198x129 mm, 144 pages
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Life is tough for nine-year-old Steve, and no one understands him, least of all his family, or his piano teacher. But when the call comes again from the Library of Dreams, Steve takes charge of the baton in an eighteenth-century sing-off with a rascally cut-throat edge.
Mae bywyd yn anodd i Steve sy'n naw oed, a does neb yn ei ddeall, yn arbennig ei deulu a'i athro piano. Ond yn ei freuddwydion, ef yw'r arwr. Y tro hwn, mae'n ateb galwad Llyfrgell y Breuddwydion, gan gydio yn y baton mewn perfformiad cerddorol gwyllt a pheryglus!
A sequel to the rather bizarre Steve and the Sabretooth Tiger, this is similarly unlikely and equally entertaining. Steve has access to the Library of Dreams; occasionally the Librarian calls upon him for help to solve a hiccup in the dream continuum. Where adults might find the lack of explanation a bit irritating, Dan Anthony judges his readers well. Children don’t need realism, and the dream environment allows one crazy thing to follow another without rationality! Accept this, and the book is a hoot. Anthony throws all his ideas at the page, and Steve seems able to take everything in his stride – a girl composer dressed as a boy, a tiny pirate with a giant wig, a terrifyingly scarred villain (who seems destined for the next book).
The cartoon images add to the story, providing a young reader with supporting visuals. I like the fact that the chapters told in the real world are narrated by Steve, but once he gets into the dream world we are given a third person narrator, so the audience can separate one part from the other.
It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Dan Anthony writes for children and grown-ups. His radio plays have been broadcast on the BBC, he helped S4C develop its successful children’s series Y Meees and was a scriptwriter on CBBC’s Tracy Beaker series. His first children’s book, The Rugby Zombies was nominated for a Tir na n-Og by the Welsh Books council and he has since completed the popular Rugby Zombie trilogy. His first book for Firefly – Steve’s Dreams: Steve and the Sabretooth Tiger was published in May 2014 and has been the focus of numerous events throughout Dan’s native Wales.
Life is tough for nine-year-old Steve, and no one understands him, least of all his family, or his piano teacher. But when the call comes again from the Library of Dreams, Steve takes charge of the baton in an 1eighteenth century sing-off with a rascally cutthroat edge.
Second in the Steve’s Dreams series about lovable loser Steve, who finds himself plucked from his 21st Century hometown in industrial South Wales, to save the world!
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