Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book Review: There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

I love rediscovering favorite children's books from my own childhood. And this adorable book by the inimitable Mercer Mayer was definitely a favorite, although one I'd completely forgotten.

A little boy decides to face the nightmare in his closet. He shoots him with a pop gun, and the nightmare then starts to cry. Then the boy tucks him into bed, climbs in next to him, and ignores potential other nightmares in the closet because there's no more room in his bed (another nightmare peeks out, showing he's not crazy for thinking that possibility is there.)

The nightmares are simultaneously hideous and adorable - a very fine line, but Mr. Mayer made his name on cute monsters. The boy is very brave - and facing one's fears is a crucial lesson at this age. Kids around 3-5 have very active imaginations which can lead to very vivid dreams, even night terrors, so nightmares are a vital issue for them. The main character takes control of the situation, and shows his nightmare who's boss. Even though he doesn't confront the additional nightmares, since he was so successful with the first, you don't have any worry that he would be able to conquer any more that come his way.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

I borrowed this book from a friend.


Julie P. said...

Fortunately my kids haven't had issues with too many nightmares, but I like the message of this story for kids who do need it.

Sherrie said...

Very nice book. I've read it to my children. Have a great day!

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