- Book Style: Storybook for kids
- Reading Level: 3 (Read Alone: longer length, some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 10-12 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Colorful, artistic, magical
- Age Target: 1-10 Years of Age
- Author: Rikki Loadsman
- Author’s Page: Rikkiloadsman.com
- Social Media Links: Facebook
The Magic of Dreams is an uplifting storybook for kids written by Rikki Loadsman. Rikki is a mother just like any other mother, except that one day she decided to write this story with her two young girls. What Rikki and her girls wrote is a story about magic, dreams, and what your belief in those dreams will help you achieve.
The story starts in a magical forest, with magical fairies, a magical Fairy Queen, and (you can see where this is going) a magical wishing tree. All of these magical “things” are living in harmony with all kinds of animals in the forest and everyone seems very happy. That is, until a woodcutter comes to the magic wishing tree and decides to chop it down. See, the woodcutter needs to build a house for his family (which I personally think is understandable), and this is the best tree he’s found. He tries to cut it down, but each day is scared away by an animal that’s simply trying to explain to him that it’s a magical tree. Eventually, the animals get through to the woodcutter (through a magical wizard, of course), and together they save the tree. Then, the woodcutter is taught to believe in magic and in his dreams, and he gets his wish. His family has a great home and he gets a warm apple pie!
Whew, that’s quite the breakdown of the book. Frankly, that’s because this book covers a lot of ground in its 41 pages. It’s one of the longer books we’ve reviewed here on Kids Fun Channel, and I will say that I’m glad it is longer. If it was any shorter, the book would move too quickly. As it stands, the book moves at a good pace but doesn’t move too quickly for you or your child.
What I immediately loved about this book was its basis. I’ve been able to take a little time to discuss the book with Rikki and also to learn a lot about her. What I’ve found is that Rikki is an incredible person who really just lives to help people. She has completed post graduate degrees in Psychology and Counselling, and is a single mother of 2 children. She has her own business where she teaches clients empowerment through a holistic method. If that’s not enough, Rikki openly tells her stories of personal challenges with nervous breakdowns that she has endured over the years.
Why is all of this important? Well, I think it brings to light just what this book is about. It’s really about believing in yourself and the dreams you have, and then going out and getting them. The book has Fairies and Trees in it, but it’s truly a story that will teach your children the benefits of dreaming big and working hard to achieve those dreams. I know that as a parent, I love reading books to my little guy with an underlying message, especially one hidden so well in a magical story.
Now, there are a lot of characters in this book. There are a lot of plot lines that twist and turn, and there are a lot of ways that a child could get lost. What amazed me about this book is that the author somehow kept us all in a state of understanding. She didn’t let the details cloud the overall story, and she didn’t confuse us with said details. For example, when Jagan The Amazing was introduced, Rikki does an excellent job of introducing the character. She sets aside the story for a proper introduction of this character. That gives your child the time to understand that this character is coming into the story. It also gives your child the time to understand Jagan’s place in the story. It’s a very shrewd way of keeping what could have been an overly complicated story, relatively simple and clear.
You can’t do a book review without talking about the illustrations, can you? Well, maybe you can…but I can’t. Anyways, Schenker De Leon did the illustrations for the book and I would say that he’s added a lot of style to the book with the way he’s done it. The illustrations all fit within a magical forest theme and that adds to the overall feel of the book. Not only are the scenes good, but Schenker is nothing short of exceptional at creating characters and/or animals. I love how the characters all fit within the scene so nicely and that they all have their own, personalized expressions. The illustrations add a lot to the story here, and the only thing I’ll say I wish I had, was more.
In the end, this is a solid buy for your personal collection of kids books. It’s such a happy story that’s built on a great message. The illustrations hit the mark and serve to enhance the story, and I can honestly say that I truly like this author and the way she runs her life. I guess that goes without saying though (because she’s a lifestyle coach, silly).
Anyways, head off to Rikki’s website to purchase the book, The Magic of Dreams. You can pay through paypal (which means credit card for you unknowing types) and the book is $24 AUD ($18 USD, approximate). That makes it a pretty cheap book for such a long, positive story.
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!