Monday, June 11, 2007


The cover of Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler should have told me that this would not be a good companion to The Kingdom Keepers (Pearson, 2005). The glass slipper on the cover should have let me know that this is a romance and not an adventure story.

The characters at Disney are on strike, and teenagers have been brought in to help out. Since they are all bunking at the park, lots of interesting relationships are formed and reformed. The characters develop well, although I'm a little shaky on the plot, but in general I was not expecting a romance and got distracted. Despite the behind-the-scenes information on Disney, which was interesting, this was just not what I expected. I'm just not sure that my romance/pink book fans will pick this up because of the Disney angle, so I will put off purchase unless I am really needing romance books. Quite good for that, but I'm just not sure of an audience.

Don't know where I even heard of The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman (1995) by Louise Plummer, but I requested it from the public library. I knew when I saw the cover that it was not something I could buy because it looked so dated. In fact, the only available copy is in a prebind. This had its moments, but with romance, it's better to go for the new titles. I do worry about some of the good books now, like 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which has the torso of a girl in low rider jeans on the cover. When these go out of fashion, will it prohibit this book from circulating? It's hard to get girls to check out anything with a girl in mall hair, big glasses, and narrow leg jeans on the cover!

I am very sorry that one of the commenters found this review "lame". I try to be polite in my reviews. Perhaps I should have "no one will read this", but I can't prove that, and it is cruel. I think I do "have a clue" as to what I am talking about, and I do my best to convey helpful information about books. At the very least, I try not to cast aspersions on people's character because of what they write, and I always put my name on things and don't post anonymously.


  1. I love Disney and I love love stories. I'm going to check this one out.

  2. Okay, I checked out Dream Factory, and the best part for me was the insider Disney stuff. I thought the characters did too much over analyzing and thinking.

  3. Anonymous9:44 AM EST

    You're not sure, you're not sure, you're shaky....maybe before you start reviewing books you ought to have a clue of what you're talking about. Lame.