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Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite
Danny and the DreamWeaver is a young adult, fantasy novella by the author Mark Poe (aka Rich DiSilvio) that is not only a wonderful mystery/adventure story through time, but an intelligent parable linking imagination and man’s thirst for knowledge. Mr. Poe’s story begins with young Danny suffering through Art class, just counting the minutes until he can head home to play video games. A pep talk delivered by his teacher as he’s rushing for the door plants a seed that soon germinates during his afternoon nap.
Enter our narrator, Nostrildamus – an all nose, no eyes, seer – and his time machine. We’re then transported back to 16th century Rome in the time of Pope Julius. Here “Nosy” seeks to uncover the vandal who defaced a famous work of art. From Michelanjello – you can see where this is leading - to Carrotvaggio, Salvador Dolly, and even Jackson Polyp, we are given a kaleidoscopic run-through of history’s most famous artists during the search to find our culprit. And in the process, Danny gains a whole new appreciation for the world of art.
Mr. Poe’s creation is part Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, with a dash of the Pythonesque Time Bandits thrown in, then melded together with his unique style of humorous storytelling to make this most enjoyable novella come to life. The illustrations that complement the storyline are also first rate. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Poe’s sleek run-through of art history, as, I imagine, will many a pre-teen. And who knows? Perhaps it will shepherd future generations towards a greater appreciation of the arts. Though . . . Hippopotamus Bosch! Really?