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Nightmares!: Nightmares, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Empowering, sweet story about the fears that haunt us.

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This is a charming read rather than an edgy, dark thriller, more Tim Burton and Roald Dahl than Lemony Snicket. NIGHTMARES! the first in a trilogy by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. Charlie's nightmare is based on the same scary dreams that spooked Segel as a child, and he and Miller aim to reassure children that fear is normal, OK, and conquerable.

The writing is a little flat, and the children, armed with positive affirmations and frequent epiphanies, rise a little too easily to formidable challenges. But children are likely to enjoy the warmhearted, affectionately told tale and the appealing characters. The Netherworld is richly imagined with a nice balance of humor and horror -- this is one nightmare young readers will eagerly revisit.

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