The Dilbonary

Dilby Dixon was no ordinary 10-year-old boy. He was an outcast, the odd kid in school. Growing up as an only child, he had gotten accustomed to a life of solitude. In fact, he had no friends at all, which made him question whether or not he fit in with others in school or in this world.
To occupy his time, Dilby turned to his wild imagination as he would dream of the most unbelievable places and have the most amazing adventures. From these dreams, he created a secret journal of weird words that he called, the Dilbonary, which he took it everywhere he went, guarding it with his life.
No one knew the Dilbonary existed, that was until the 6th grade when Riley Rogers, the school bully, got a hold of it, setting off a chain of events that would alter Dilby’s life forever.
Then, just after his 11th Birthday, something extraordinary happened, leading him to embark on the biggest adventure of his life and finding the truth behind who he really is.




Dilby R. Dixon’s The Dilbonary is a children’s fantasy tale of triumph over bullying, written by Tony J. Perri. Born ten years ago during a power outage during a thunderstorm, Dilby Dixon is (once again) bullied on his way home from school by a student renowned for his pettiness and undesirable behavior, Riley Rogers, along with his sidekick wannabes, Johnny and Billy. In humiliation, the troublesome trio is brought down a notch or two by a girl, Grace Billings, who attends Goodwin Elementary School with them all. Daydreaming seems to be constantly taking Dilby to fantasy worlds, but he decides one day to start documenting each daydream when an amazing phenomenon occurs, and he brings physical items out from his subconscious. At Dilby’s home, a whole new language is born from Dilby’s subconscious. Now known as the world’s first time-dreamer, Dilby has a target on his back which is larger than life, as Riley will stop at nothing to get his hands on the book which carries all of Dilby’s most incredible thoughts, secrets and experiences… The Dilbonary.

I grabbed this book as Dilby seemed so much like myself in many ways, and I just had to find out more about him. The fantasy aspect which has been sculpted into this incredible storyline is amazing, and it is hard not to empathize with Dilby R. Dixon, whilst admiring the literary talents and imagination of Tony J. Perri. Bullying is such a controversial topic and Riley, Johnny and Billy seem to take the crown at Goodwin Elementary School, but soon find that there is a lot more to Dilby R. Dixon than just a dopey daydreamer who is an easy target. When friends started rallying around young Dilby, I couldn’t help but cheer out loud (much to the dismay of my sleeping husband). The uniquely amazing ability to journey into one’s own imagination and come back with souvenirs is any child’s fantasy, as well as that of many adults, and I couldn’t help but pray Dilby would use his new-found skills not only to help others, but to also find a way to help himself triumph over the rotten treatment he’d grown used to by the school bullying trio. I will not spoil the ending for any of you, but will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the worthwhile journey that my own mind took while reading Dilby R. Dixon’s The Dilbonary, and highly recommend it to children aged 7-15 (and older audiences as well) who enjoy turbulent travel into adventures of one’s mind and beyond.

Review Rating - 5 Stars


  • ReaderLoved it, have your kids read it!! 5.0 out of 5 stars!

    This book is so well written! Perfect read for kids to encourage them to use their imaginations!

  • ReaderFun, Exciting, and Relatable! I couldn't put it down!5.0 out of 5 stars!

    The Dilbonary is a great story about growing up and embracing who you are. It teaches children that it's okay to use your imagination and to be proud of the things that make you special. Yet, the storyline remains real and relatable as Dilby has to deal with a school bully and decide whether to stand up to him or live every day being afraid of him. Being taken away to a different land with each dream makes The Dilbonary hard to put down and made me excited to read more! I loved getting to spend time in Dilby's world and practice the words I learned from The Dilbonary as I was reading. I would definitely recommend this book!

  • ReaderA fantasy dreamer who was once bullied overcoming it all!!! 5.0 out of 5 stars!

    Dilby R Dixon's The Dilbonary really relates to everyone in some way. It takes you on a journey of a 10 year old boy, Dilby who is bullied in school. DIlby is a social outcast with no friends and learns how to use his secret world to relate to others. He not only learns confidence and how to make friends but learns about a special way of dreaming that really makes him evolve. It is great for all ages and in the end you want nothing more than to be rooting for Dilby. Without giving away the whole book, it is a must read and hits all the emotions. I could not put the book down and still wanting more.

  • David RidgewayBullys suck, this book doesnt! 5.0 out of 5 stars!

    Book is great. I love the anit bullying side of the story. Read it!