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Nightmares (Book 1)

In YA Book Reviews on October 7, 2014 at 6:12 am

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 by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Children’s Fantasy/©2014/355 pages/First in a Trilogy/Recommended for ages 8-12

Publisher’s Comments (Amazon):

Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.

Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse! Charlie Laird has several problems.

1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed. And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.

My Comments:

Interestingly, the nightmares in the book are based on the actual ones that the author had as a young child. The storyline is very Tim Burton/Roald Dahl, not Stephen King, but it still comes with a healthy and humorous dose of scary things. It is an engaging story with likable characters that pretty much makes it quite clear that everybody is afraid of something, but you can conquer your fears. A fun read for the middle grade set especially close to Halloween!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Other Resources:

Nightmares Web Site with Activities, Videos, and More Information:

http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/nightmares/index.html?playvideo=no

Jason Segel on the Colbert Report:

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/e4y7wx/jason-segel

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