We had a small, intimate group at our last meeting, and terrific discussions on both books. Many of us loved The Dreamer for a variety of reasons, although a couple of people thought it wasn't so wonderful in certain places, and had questions about its construction. It led to a discussion of Pablo Neruda and his poetry, and a few people were enthused enough to begin reading what he has written......(one of the great joys of reading: how it leads you to exploring new areas.)
As for the picture book, Chowder, we were all in agreement: huh?? We mostly loved the illustrations, but thought the story left a great deal to be desired -- i.e., it wasn't so great!