Thursday 19 May 2022

Dream On - Sarah Mlynowski - Whatever After Book 4

Dream On
Whatever After Book 4
Sarah Mlynowski
eISBN 9780545633659

Six years ago I read a few of these stories with my oldest. Now my youngest is reading them to me, and her sister has handed down the first several stories in the series. We had started reading them in 2016 but my oldest skipped around a bit and read a couple of volumes to her Aunt and Grandma while on a road trip. So this was my first time encountering this specific story. My youngest insists we review everything that we read togtehr, so this review from 2022 is part of that effort. Between reading with my oldest and youngest this is the eleventh time I have read a book in this series. The stories have great staying power. Even as an adult I can enjoy these books, not only the first time but rereading them again and again.

Mlynowski does a wonderful job with this book and the whole series so far. My oldest was a reluctant reader. Back then when we read, I would read two pages for every page she read to me. The whole family loves these stories from 8-years old to 80 years old. It is a great series. The stories are fun and entertaining, but also have some valuable lessons and insight. 

My youngest daughter and I give this story a solid 5/5 stars. We always enjoy Mlynowski’s twists on the old tales. And the lessons of appreciating what you have and is in front of you, as opposed to just hopes for a different future really hit both of us. In this story it was less about Abby learning a lesson and the princess. It is a story that will foster a spirit of appreciation and thankfulness. There is a little more action in this story than some of the others, including a fake birthday party for Jonah. And avoiding curses from scary or angry fairies. And finding a prince to wake up Robin whose sleep walking during a slumber party launched this adventure.

The story is another amazing take on a familiar tale. The writings in these stories is wonderful. My daughters and I love reading them together. And the retelling of this story surprised both of us. It is a great book in a wonderful series. 

Books by Sarah Mlynowski:
Magic in Manhattan Series:

Bras & Broomsticks
Frogs & French Kisses
Spells & Sleeping Bags
Parties & Potions

Whatever After Special Editions:
Abby in Wonderland
Abby in Oz

Upside-Down Magic Series:
Upside-Down Magic #1
Sticks and Stones #2
Showing Off #3

Other Books by Sarah:
Monkey Business
As Seen on TV
Me Vs. Me
Gimme a Call
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Don't Even Think About It
Think Twice
Know It All
A Nice Fling is Hard to Find
A Little Bit Broken
Party Girls
The Two-Month Itch

Books Coauthored:
See Jane Write (with Farrin Jacobs)
How to Be Bad (with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle)

Books Contributed To:
Girls' Night In
Girls Night Out
American Girls About Town
Vacations from Hell


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