Corey’s Corner – Review – The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

 untitledTwelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows…The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure

Check out the magical book trailer!

Publisher – Simon & Schuster Ltd

Date Published – 26th February 2015

Pages – 288 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – Children’s

Source –

My Mom was sent a limited edition book proof of this book by the wonderful Lovereading4kids, the publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd and the author Abi Elphinstone in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you all for sending us this book to read and review.

**Please note this review is as spoiler free as possible**

Hi I’m Corey.  I am 9 years old…my Mom who runs Tales Of Yesterday has let me have my own little corner so I can write reviews on books.  I really enjoy reading and hope to share my thoughts with you!

First, I’ll speak about the main characters. There is: Moll, Oak, Alfie (later in the book), Siddy and Gryff – The cat.  Gryff was my favourite character because he reminded me of my cat Louie.  Louie always protects me and sleeps at the bottom of my bed.  He has brown stripy fur and licks me a lot!

Secondly, my favourite bit. I loved the part where it goes on about all the strange and gruesome things in the tree house.  I wish I had a tree house to keep disgusting things in to scare my Mom!

Thirdly, what impression did it leave on me? I was pretty relieved because I thought Gryff was going to die!

Fourthly, would I change anything?  No I would not change anything. It is perfectly fine as it is.  I really enjoyed it!

If I would recommend this book to another person –  yes. My younger step-brother although im concerned he might not be able to read all the long words…but he would have fun reading the adventure like I did.

I think the sort of person that would like this book will have had a taste of adventure and like magic and fun!

Now, in conclusion, I am going to rate this book out of 5!  Before I do this I have got to say this book was exquisite and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.  Also well done to the author of the book which is Abi Elphinstone.  So the rating out of 5 from me is……



About Abi Elphinstone


I grew up in Scotland where weekends were spent building dens in the woods, jumping into icy rivers, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. School came as a bit of a surprise (lots of ‘being inside’ and ‘listening’) but English lessons were great. I loved stories – reading them, writing them, listening to them – and it was back then that I discovered worlds  behind wardrobes, teachers called Trunchbull and shape-shifting daemons…

 I got through school, despite being branded as ‘unteachable’ and ‘prone to spasmodic outbursts of silliness’ by my headmistress, and after an English degree at Bristol University and several years as an English teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London, I am now back to hiding in tree houses and building dens – sometimes in real life, mostly in my books.  

The Dreamsnatcher is my debut novel for 9-12 year olds and a sequel will be published in 2016. When I’m not writing about Moll and Gryff’s adventures, I blog about children’s books over at, work as a volunteer for a charity called Beanstalk, do star jumps on the top of mountains and remember the good old days when I used to dress up as a unicorn.

You can find out more about Abi on her website here

Or follow her on twitter using @moontrug

 Happy Reading


 You can see my Mom’s review here

Or find out the research behind The Dreamsnatcher here

Check out this fab guest post by Abi with top 10 Shadow Keeper (which is the sequel to The Dreamsnatcher) Songs here



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8 Responses

  1. Great review, Corey. I completely agree that The Dreamsnatcher deserves 5 stars and I can’t wait for the sequel either. Abi Elphinstone is a brilliant author. I think Gryff was my favourite character too (although I also loved Alfie). I hope your step-brother likes the book – maybe you can help him with the long words.

    I will be looking out for more of your reviews as you are obviously a very discerning reader and know how to use brilliant words like ‘exquisite’! Rachel x

    • mchl1980 says:

      Hi Rachel. Thank you for leaving a comment. My Mom told me you had. I am reading The Case Of The Exploding Loo at the moment and it is really funny and giving me ideas! Thank you for the offer of The Case Of The Exploding Brains….it sounds funny too

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