Tom Thorneval – Dream Merchant Extraordinaire

About the Book

"Dream making as clever as Roald Dahl’s in The BFG" is how Kirkus describes the first paperback from the Addison's Tales musical storyworld. The rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of Tom Thorneval - a very likable Dreammaker aiming to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, Tom's great plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and he is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure. With its philosophical turns and fable-like qualities that are "reminiscent of Lewis Carrol's Wonderland", Tom Thorneval is a modern twist on what it's like to be a little dreamer in a very big world.


Tom Thorneval - coverReaders are invited to listen to the three songs sung by Tom Thorneval during his adventure using their smartphones. The musically inclined fan can then go on to learn the über-catchy, author-composed melodies at the Addison’s Tales channel on and thereby deepen their connection to the storyworld. Also adding to the uniqueness of the story is the inclusion of the world’s first “diamond” plot device. This draws on the unique functionality of epub to create a very new experience in readers who can choose near the start of the tale to know Tom’s nemesis or not. Regardless of their choice, the subsequent plot remains intact.

“The design was clean, easy to read, and flowed very nicely. This was the first time I’ve ever seen lyrics in a story and not automatically skipped over them, because they went along with the audio! The simple, melodic songs stuck in my head as I was reading, giving the entire book a vaguely Irish folktale tone. I liked that there were links to the sheet music. I loved the two ‘forks’ that gave alternate storylines that then converged back into the rest of the book. I’ve seldom seen a book so well-suited to the electronic platform. It does things that are impossible with a standard print book, all to enrich the story without distracting from it.” – BFDA Judge

About the Author

Tom Thorneval - authorCornelius Addison is the writer and composer helping to bring the Addison's Tales musical storyworld to you. He lives with his cat Penelope and dog Tibbens in the town of Calladin. You can visit him in his cottage and open the first page of his storyworld at Here you can discover some of the characters he buys from Mack, the mysterious character merchant, who has characters available for everyone, great and small. Cornelius communicates with the outside world via his Goodreads blog here.