"Puppet Dreams" is Jose, Sevilla Ho's first children's book. It is about Paul and his unusual friendship with Dum Dum, a #marionette. It reminded me a lot of Pinocchio and Geppetto, only fabricated in today's world. The Plot: Paul's mother is upset that Paul is spending more and more time with Dum Dum, his dummy, rather than playing with children. Paul is also sleepwalking and stutters and that's why he should see the doctor. The reason why every grown up is believing Paul is behaving oddly is that his mother and father are separated. But Paul knows the truth: his marionette is alive! Paul got the doll on a school field trip to a puppet museum and Dum Dum, the manikin, moved into his bag to run away from his awful owner, Marc. And with the time Paul really feels like Dum Dum and he became #friends: they play games, Dum Dum helps him not to stutter and they have many #adventures together. But Paul's mother announce soon that the puppet needs to find his former owner or "she will throw the damn thing in the bin!" (Position 84) However the puppet also has kind of a bad side and Dum Dum instigate Paul to run away from home, to beg, to steal, to sniff fumes and drink alcohol, etc. It also seemed to have a split personality, one who is kind and thoughtful and one who is kind of reckless and mean. Unfortunately Dum Dum never really seems to learn out of his mistakes and he often makes friends with the wrong people. What I also didn't like that the grown up world with its rules and principles was often shown black and white: the pleasures and advantages life brings (and some things which are still kind of taboos like two timing, harem, run from the law) are depicted as almost always being positive even though for example fumes can cause health issues and stealing is bad. ... 3-Stars! 323 more words. Full review: https://goo.gl/qoAMMX #fairytale #okay #bookstagram #pinocchio #splitpersonality #recklesscharacter #bücher

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