Phillip Aisling is quite the character. He and his friends embark on a journey of time, space, and the world of dreams to figure out what is happening to Phillip when he falls asleep…
The Dreams of Phillip Aisling and the Numinous Nagwaagan
Phillip Aisling is just like any other boy, or so he thought. On the night of his 13th birthday he has a dream so vivid that he is convinced it was real! He soon learns that he has begun training with the Dream Masters. They practice lucid dreaming to be able to fully control their dreams, giving them immense power. But when his vivid dreams turn into nightmares he never wants to fall asleep again!
In his struggle to understand his remarkable dreams and prevent terrible nightmares, he finds The Dreamer’s Dictionary written to help young Dreamers make sense of their new powers. It begins with a very peculiar poem:
“Through the Gates of Dreaming come powers untold.
There are distant worlds for true Dreamers to behold.
You may not understand just what your dreams mean
Once you have broken through the barrier in between.
Each moment you sleep brings signs without number.
May this book bring meaning to visions of your slumber.”
The dictionary leads him to seek the guidance of the Oracle who gives him a numinous nagwaagan, or a magical dreamcatcher, to protect him from the draiths that are causing the nightmares. With the protection of the nagwaagan hanging above his bed, he is finally able to safely return to dreamland. But his struggle to learn to control his new powers has only just begun!
Join Phillip and his friends on an epic journey to learn how to become a powerful Dreamer. Explore the possibilities of where our dreams might come from. Are our dreams nothing more than glimpses into alternate realities within the multiverse?
4 Sleepy Kitties!
This is the first middle grade book I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. I have to, first of all, comment on this cover. The colors are so beautiful. I feel like anyone would be hardpressed to find a flaw with the cover, especially after completing the book. You truly find out just how special it is to the story. I loved looking back on it when it was all said and done and saw each thing that made the story come together. Next, I must say this book was very unique. I haven’t read anything like it before. I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but the books I have divulged in are much different.
Where we find Phillip is right before his thirteen birthday. He is excited for his party the next day and trying to stay awake to see the clock stirke midnight so he can greet his first day as being a teenager the minute it happens. Little does Phillip know, something much more exciting is about to happen the moment he closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep. Phillip finds himself engaged in the strangest dream he has ever experienced in his life. It feels so real to him and he can’t shake the feeling that something more than just a dream is happening.
Phillip enlists the help on his friends, including a new friend, on his journey to find why these dreams, and nightmares are occuring as he sleeps. On their quest to find answers Phillip encounters some interesting characters. My favorite character in this book had to be the Oracle. She was so animated and funny without trying to be. I loved reading her part in the book. One of my favorite scenes. She gives Phillip the Numinous Nagwaagan to help with his slumber. She also gives Phillip a few words of advice to help him along.
This book was very enjoyable. I found myself trying to figure out what each dream meant, if there was an underlying meaning or just something that was fun to read about. If I had one critique of the book, I would have to say timing. The book could have been built up a little better for the timing of each events and dreams. Some things felt a little forced and rushed. Other than that, it is a very solid read for kids and adults alike. Quite a unique idea for the dream masters. I can’t wait to see what Phillip has up his sleeve in the next book!