The Dream House with Laura Dockrill 


Tuesday 5th October  11am

Join Laura Dockrill chatting about her amazing book The Dream House. It is a book that’s both beautiful and powerfully moving, an incredibly honest, child-centred story about Rex who is a boy struggling with grief.

We join Rex as little by little, with the help of his fabulous and sensitive godfather Sparky and chatting with the boy next door, he is able to return to the Dream House. This is a place where at first he is afraid to return but sparks of magic and love are waiting for him there. Rex will journey back to the world in which his Dad is remembered and cherished and he realises he doesn’t have to  carry the weight of grief alone. 

Suitable for 9+ years

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The Dream House 

Everyone needs somewhere to dream.

Rex has gone to stay with his godfather, Sparky. Rex doesn’t say much but that’s okay because Sparky is always on hand with a cup of tea to enjoy on the sofa, set up outside like an outdoor living room. Rex has his sketchbook, and he draws how he feels even if he doesn’t talk about it. And in Sparky’s garden, hidden under the canopy of the willow tree, is the dream house: a lovingly created space just for Rex, to dream, to play, to think, to be. A place he’s loved all his childhood. But to go inside now Rex must gather all his strength and face the past.

A powerful and beautiful book that reveals Rex’s inner world of feelings and how he connects with the people who love him. told through Laura Dockrill’s vivid storytelling.


Laura Dockrill is an author, illustrator and performance poet whose wonderfully inventive and vibrant approach to life is reflected in the rich and vividly imagined worlds she creates. Laura grew up in Brixton and attended the Brit School and still lives in London. She has always had a vivacious spark, finding creativity in words – from poetry to novels and scripts to song lyrics.

Laura loves to visit schools and festivals and meet young readers who are as spirited as her. Laura has appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies and is a frequent poet performer at festivals including Glastonbury, Hay, Edinburgh, London Literary Festival and Latitude.


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