Davina's Dreamdom

An Adventure to Belgium

Children - Adventure
25 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2020
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Author Biography

Paige Herndon is a former Imagineer and present-day dreamer. Her background is in construction management and sustainable design but writing a book has always been on her bucket list. Her book, Davina’s Dreamdom, was written as a first birthday present for her daughter as a reminder to all that no dream is too big. When she’s not chasing around a toddler and two dogs, she enjoys spending time with her husband, playing escape games and appreciating architecture in different parts of the world.

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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Dreams can take you to all kinds of wonderful places and give you lots of magical fun. Davina loves to go to her dreamdom; that’s what she calls the place where her dreams take her. One night, after falling asleep and waking up in dreamdom, Davina called her doggy friends, Agnes and Merida, to join her on another adventure. They decide to visit Belgium and, in particular, Agnes’s cousins, who are large herding dogs, Bouvier des Flandres, and they spend their days herding sheep. It’s a grand adventure and Davina even learns a few words in Dutch, as well as what working dogs really do on the farm.

Paige Herndon’s picture book story, Davina’s Dreamdom: An Adventure to Belgium, is a fun way to teach young readers about a different country, a different lifestyle, a different language, even a different time zone where it’s morning when Davina is just going to sleep, and of course, some wonderful working dogs. The language is simple to help young readers learning to read. And the colorful illustrations help move the story along. The plot develops through Davina’s adventure in dreamdom, reaching a clever climax when she suddenly realizes the dream must end and she must return home. Why? Because, as she explains to her new friends in Belgium, “My mommy and daddy won’t know how to play if I’m not there.” I love that line – from a child’s point of view, all parents are merely playing. A sweet, compassionate story that will appeal to the young reader.

Krysten Burton

Davina’s adventure with her dogs though her dreamland is charming and so sweet! I love how it introduces words in new languages and it’s beautifully illustrated. I love it!

Gary J. Rose Ph.D.

I praise the author and illustrator for using all of the typical techniques for this type of genre. A talking dog. A vivid imagination. The author uses this platform to introduce the young reader to new words helping them build their vocabulary. If I had grandchildren, this book would be on my list.

Cynthia

This is a darling book. Very colorful pictures that will capture any child's attention and a great story that incorporates learning as well. Davina's Dreamdom is destined to become a favorite to read at bedtime.

Jenn

"Davina's Dreamdom..." was a sweet tale of a little girl and her pup sidekick's. Colorful illustrations and an easy to follow plot make this one a nice bedtime grab.

Bridgette

What a cute story! Lots of new vocabulary for little ones to learn and it’s just cute! I think this would make a fun book to share with little ones.

Lilly

Nice job with the pictures. It introduces a fun topic, herding dogs and the instincts they have. A short, but fun adventure.