The Dreamer

The Dreamer

From the beautiful cover alone, it is clear that The Dreamer is something special, a rich and sensual gem of a fictional biography.

Always, Neftalí Reyes has his heads in the clouds, drifting away in beautiful fantasies of birds and oceans and beetles and raindrops. More than anything, the budding Chilean poetic loves words and the sounds they make, the power they hold over him. Despite his obvious artistic nature and talent, his father barks at him to pay attention, to apply himself, to not be such a fanatic.

Neftalí, who has always been weak and small for his age, cowers in the shadow of his father until a series of events set him down the path that will make him into the famous and world-renowned writer that he is fated to become. Gathering encouragement from his newspaper-man uncle and his kind stepmother and sister, Neftalí works hard to cultivate his art and his understanding of the world in which he lives. It isn’t long before, blatantly disregarding his father’s brusque orders, he wields his pen and writes his heart out. After all, as readers will soon see, the world has big plans for Neftalí Reyes, the boy who would become Pablo Neruda.

This is a wonderfully artistic retelling of the revered Neruda’s childhood, filled throughout with gentle and dreamy illustrations and dark green ink. This lovely tale is based on real events, many of which are elaborated upon in the author’s endnotes, which include biographical information and poetry for older readers to enjoy. It is no surprise thatThe Dreamer is considered to be a notable book by the American Library Association. 384 pages.

Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian.


From the beautiful cover alone, it is clear that The Dreamer is something special, a rich and sensual gem of a fictional biography.

Always, Neftalí Reyes has his heads in the clouds, drifting away in beautiful fantasies of birds and oceans and beetles and raindrops. More than anything, the budding Chilean poetic loves words and the sounds they make, the power they hold over him. Despite his obvious artistic nature and talent, his father barks at him to pay attention, to apply himself, to not be such a fanatic.

Neftalí, who has always been weak and small for his age, cowers in the shadow of his father until a series of events set him down the path that will make him into the famous and world-renowned writer that he is fated to become. Gathering encouragement from his newspaper-man uncle and his kind stepmother and sister, Neftalí works hard to cultivate his art and his understanding of the world in which he lives. It isn’t long before, blatantly disregarding his father’s brusque orders, he wields his pen and writes his heart out. After all, as readers will soon see, the world has big plans for Neftalí Reyes, the boy who would become Pablo Neruda.

This is a wonderfully artistic retelling of the revered Neruda’s childhood, filled throughout with gentle and dreamy illustrations and dark green ink. This lovely tale is based on real events, many of which are elaborated upon in the author’s endnotes, which include biographical information and poetry for older readers to enjoy. It is no surprise that The Dreamer is considered to be a notable book by the American Library Association. 384 pages.

Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian.

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