Before he wrote dense adult novels such as ATONEMENT and AMSTERDAM, Ian McEwan tried his hand at Roald Dahl-esque children’s fiction. The result is this slim volume of stories featuring 11-year-old Peter, who goes on seven fantastical journeys of the imagination. The stories deftly portray the emotional rollercoaster of childhood. McEwan isn’t out to teach kids any lessons; he’s out to entertain without lying, and maybe get a few laughs along the way. As a result, the book isn’t just for kids; it’s a great read for adults, too. Reviewers’ comparisons to Dahl are not unfounded. THE DAYDREAMER is a wonderful book.