Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Book Review: Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossameris a short somewhat paranormal story of Littlest One, a dream giver, who is learning how to do her job. She has a touch light as gossamer, but can her dream-giving help a little boy in serious trouble?

Things I Liked:
I thought the story was really sweet. The idea of little creatures bringing us dreams from our memories was beautiful. I also thought it was a good balance of things that are light and pretty and the heavier, harder things in life. A nice book for younger kids who might be dealing with difficult home matters. John is only 8 years old, but he already has an understanding of some of the cruelties the world offers. The older woman who is foster parent to John is really my favorite - because of how she deals with John.

Things I Didn't Like:
This book definitely doesn't have the same power as her other books, but it is a sweet story. It was a little light on character development. It isn't really a character-driven story (a little too short for that) but I felt kind of disconnected from them.

The Magicians Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
For style (not content) try other Lois Lowry books, The Giverand Messenger

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->
John's memories are pretty scary and a bit violent

Overall rating: ***


  1. I haven't read anything my Lois Lowry except the three Giver books. I had gotten then impression from other reviews that this one wasn't as good as her others. I'll start with some of her other books first. Thanks for the review.

  2. Kim, I agree it isn't as good as the others. Definitely pick up Number the Stars. I also liked Silent Boy, in addition to the Giver series.


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