Nightmares!

Nightmares!

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"Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375991578
0375991573
9780385744256
0385744250
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Seg
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kwasny, Karl
Miller, Kirsten 1973-

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lovelylibrary
Apr 27, 2017

I liked this book but not any more than that. I think there should be a warning on it saying that it's for younger kids. However, for that age group, I think they would like it.

AL_TIEGAN Oct 12, 2016

In October 2015 I went to Jason Segel's book tour in which he was promoting the first two books of his Nightmares! series. He was amazing! He answered questions from kids ranging from his time on the Muppets movie, to questions about his books.

He did say that these books may become movies! He was in the process of discussing that possibility, especially because they did start out as screenplays. Then he partnered with Kristen Miller to turn them into books - so movies may actually be on the horizon!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 04, 2016

This book is absolutely charming, and the story is truly inventive. Charlie and his friends are great. The novel is about Charlie, a boy facing his nightmares, as well as helping others to face their fears as well. All this began when moving into his knew step-moms purple mansion. It was very well written and very clever. Although it was a little misleading, not in a bad way though, the novel was a hilarious joy ride instead of being scary. Nightmares is the first book of a trilogy, so there will be more to come and hopefully there will be a spin-off novel.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

FindingJane Mar 07, 2016

Is Charlie’s new stepmother a witch or is he simply projecting his grief over his mother’s death onto the all-too-human woman who’s taken her place? Is the stepmonster causing his nightmares or is it something more sinister at work?

This book teases us with the possibilities even as it explores the strange Netherworld where Charlie finds himself helplessly bound in nocturnal journeys. His diurnal hatred for his stepmother takes a nasty turn as he finds himself apparently at her mercy in a place where he doesn’t know the rules and stands a real chance of being eaten—or worse. The black-and-white illustrations by Karl Kwasny are evocative, playful and/or creepy, with bugs and interesting floral dotting the pages. Whether they are shadowy figures, expressive drawings or silhouettes, they are a welcome addition to the prose writing; you really can’t imagine the book without them. (As an extra delight, grab the pages in your right hand and flip them from front to back while staring at the top right-hand corner.)

Mr. Segal cunningly mixes in references to Disney’s animated “Cinderella”, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”, et al, in this story about a boy running from his worst fear and lashing out at everyone around him as a consequence. I know of Mr. Segal primarily as an actor. His first novel is an excellent revelation, an entertainment suitable for adults and children alike. Teenagers might not care so much; the book has little to say about them in particular. But it has a message about confronting one’s fears lest they fester and worsen over time and that’s a lesson to which anyone can relate.

cmlibrary_rkimray Jan 29, 2016

Illustrated with beautifully spooky drawings, this is the first book in a trilogy. It offers a creepy cast of characters, a complex story line, and plenty of humor. Most of all, it is a heartwarming tale about facing one`s fears.

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Apr 27, 2017

lovelylibrary thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and under

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Jul 17, 2015

goosebumps_0 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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AL_TIEGAN Oct 12, 2016

This is a fantastic book for kids! It shows how being brave does not mean being fearless, but that facing your fears is important.

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