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by Tucker Shaw

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This highly accessible and easy-to-read guide to dreams and their interpretation for young adults is arranged into three sections that are equally stimulating and informative. Some of the intriguing topics in part one include nightmares, prophetic dreams, freaky dreams, dying in your dreams, famous dreamers, sleepwalking, and sex and dreams. Part two offers a sometimes humorous analysis of nineteen different "weird dreams," such as "The One Where the Mushroom Grows Out of My Face," "The One Where I Kiss My Boyfriend, Then Get Hit by a Truck," "The One Where My Parents Throw Me Off a Cliff," and the ever-popular, "The One Where All My Teeth Fall Out." The book concludes with a do-it-yourself section for those interested in starting a dream journal, learning how to lucid dream, and developing an inner eye for self-analysis. Although teeming with fun facts, fascinating statistics, and relevant quotes, the appealing page layouts are not overfilled with cartoons and sidebars. Especially appealing is how Shaw made convenient use of his own dreams and personal experiences regarding the issues presented, infusing an otherwise flat study with a rather jovial and inviting voice. This technique not only helps give examples of the various concepts he introduces but also provides the necessary variety to the instructional narrative. With its wide appeal, this above-average and scintillating book is a recommended purchase for all public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, AlloyBooks/Penguin, 160p, Illus, Charts, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Stefani Koorey VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
This book helps readers dissect and understand what goes on in their minds while sleeping. Biological facts are presented as well as creative asides. There are thoughts about a variety of cultures and their attitudes about dreaming; Freud and Jung are considered as well. Interpreting dreams is something the dreamer can do, especially with the help of a book such as this, which offers questions and tools necessary to analyze dreams. The cover has an intriguing design and the drawings throughout the book are delightful as well. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Penguin/Alloy, 152p, illus, 20cm, $5.99. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Sherri Forgash Ginsberg; Duke School for Children, Chapel Hill, NC, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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