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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Falling Through Blankets Of Stars by Keith Marcotti, 10-year-old twins Ashlynne and Julian have a great but chaotic birthday party that scares off the family cat, Mr. Fuzzybottom. Later that night, they find him in their neighbor’s basement, along with two strange glowing blankets that Julian decides to take back with them. Little do they know that the blankets will lead them to the realm of Dream, a part of the Sleep World. Unfortunately, King Morpheus, the protector of dreams, is unable to return to the realm because of the missing items. They have to find those blankets that are now lost somewhere in the realm if they want to return to the Real World and save Dream from being overwhelmed by the monsters from Nightmare.
With eye-catching cover art by Jeffrey Nguyen, Keith Marcotti’s Ovid-inspired children's fantasy tale is deftly tailored for its young readers and will entertain older readers too. The world-building of Sleep World is vivid and filled with leprechaun pirates, flying dreamers, mermaids, sea monsters, giants, dragons, phantoms and much more. The well-structured plot and the brilliantly evocative narrative make the story easily engaging with excellently depicted settings. Protagonists Ashlynne and Julian are appealing characters and the main villain, The Nightmare King, is well fleshed out. All in all, action-packed Falling Through Blankets Of Stars has a good balance of dark and whimsical, light-hearted moments, tackling classic themes of good versus evil, siblings’ bond, bravery, and honesty. I look forward to reading more of Marcotti's work in this genre.