“Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dreamgivers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?” (from Goodreads)
This book by Lois Lowry had me bawling my eyes out. If that’s not enough recommendation, here’s an actual review… 😉
I enjoyed Littlest One so much! She was so full of adorable life and enthusiasm, and her relationship with Thin Elderly was so cute. I quite successfully grew to hate the Sinisteeds especially when I found out how they were made. The older lady and Toby were so sweet, and I love how they did their best to help John. His past and the way he was skewed by it with small bits of childish innocence mixed in was so heartbreaking! I quite agreed with Littlest One when SPOILER ALERT! she declared she loved him. The battle between happy dreams and nightmares was fantastic, and I loved the focus on the importance of stories and memories. Not recommended for younger readers because of a fragmented family SPOILER ALERT! including a jerk-of-the-century abusive father.
Best quote: Huddled on the couch, clutching the phone, the young woman began to cry. “Tell him I dreamed about him last night,” she said.
Altogether, I found this to be a great read even though I don’t usually read this type of story. 😉