Dream Machine

Illustrated by Xindi Yan
(Book #4 of Craftily Ever After)
Price may vary by retailer

About The Book

Bella learns that sometimes following your dreams is easier said than done in this fourth book of the Craftily Ever After chapter book series!

Emily Adams, Maddie Wilson, Bella Diaz, and Sam Sharma are eight-year-olds with one special thing in common: they love to create. They each have unique talents, too! Emily is great at constructing and building; Maddie has an eye for fashion, fabrics, and sewing; Bella is a gadget whiz; and Sam is a gifted artist. Together, these four crafty friends dream up new projects to design, build, and create and through their experiences, they’ll learn how to handle various obstacles at school and in their everyday eight-year-old lives.

Bella is a computer whiz and loves brainstorming new gadgets to make. So when she spies a flier for a citywide robotics competition, the young inventor’s wheels start spinning. She can’t wait to start building and programming! There’s just one problem: all the kids on her school’s robotics team are older. Bella must find a way to prove herself to the big kids. Now the competition is heating up—both in the craft clubhouse and at school. Will Bella find the confidence to follow her dreams and conquer the competition?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Craftily Ever After chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.


Dream Machine CHAPTER 1 What a Dream!

Rrrrrrrrrrrrr . . .

Bella Diaz stepped on the gas. The engine roared and the race car zoomed forward.

Beaming happily, Bella adjusted a knob on the dashboard. She had designed and programmed the race car herself! Bella loved anything to do with computers: programming, coding, and beyond. And she’d always dreamed of being able to program her very own race car!

She gripped the steering wheel with her purple leather racing gloves as she sped down the race track and into a tight turn.

Just then a light flashed red. Warning! Warning!

Oh no! She had taken the turn a little too fast. Bella spun the wheel, leaned hard, and . . .


Bella opened her eyes. She was on the floor next to her bed, twisted up in her blankets.

For a moment she was completely confused. Then she realized what had happened.

Whew, what a dream! Her heart was still racing, thinking about flying around the track. And thinking about that amazing car.

She untangled herself and stood up. Glancing at her alarm clock, she saw that it was still early.

Well, I might as well get up, thought Bella. I could grab a few more minutes of sleep, but there’s no way I’d have a dream that awesome again!

About The Author

Martha Maker is a dedicated crafter who is always working on a project—or several! When she’s not writing books, you can often find her at her favorite community garden with her paint set. She lives in Washington, DC, with her family, which includes two kids, two dogs, and two guinea pigs.

About The Illustrator

Xindi Yan left behind a small city in China to realize her dream of being a published artist. Having always wanted to illustrate children’s books, she buried herself in countless books and drawings, collecting them even today. Xindi currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dreams about having a puppy in the near future.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (August 7, 2018)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534417311
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ M

Browse Related Books

Awards and Honors

  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images

More books from this author: Martha Maker

More books from this illustrator: Xindi Yan

More books in this series: Craftily Ever After