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Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them
Nightmares! #4
Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Illustrated by Karl Kwasny

Deckle Edge/Delacorte/Random House Children’s Books
September 12, 2017/ ISBN 978-0385744317
Children / Growing Up /Bedtime, Dreams, Horror & Fantasy (Age 8-12, Grades 3-7)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


I can’t think of any child who hasn’t had nightmares at some point. I certainly did, and many of them repeated over time. I’d wake up in a cold sweat, covered in goosebumps or scared of every shadow. Certainly, I wish I had read this book back then. Fortunately, for today’s children (and future ones), Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have written a practical guide for handling nightmares. Have you dreamed about zombies, boogeymen, bullies, clowns (my all-time favorite), goblins, ghosts and the like? Well, now there’s a solution to rid them once and for all.

This delightful book, wonderfully illustrated by Karl Kwasny, is filled with all the advice one needs to discover these creatures’ strengths and weaknesses, and provides enough possibilities and courage to defeat them. It just takes knowing what works best to make them go away. If one thing doesn’t work, why, there’s always another solution. As the authors state, “Nightmares are your Waking World fears in disguise,” but finding the right solution takes a little work. This is THE book to keep by your bedside and reach for it when needed.

I enjoyed the explanations of the various nightmares children have and the fun facts about gobblers, bullies, giants, tormentors and creepy crawlies. There are pro tips to help eliminate nightmare creatures, and the book is loaded with funny passages and neat stories too. You don’t suffer from nightmares? No problem, as this book is a perfect compilation of all sorts of creatures that can haunt children’s dreams. The illustrations are excellent, the stories engaging and the list of characters amazing.

Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them is a wonderful book that covers virtually every nightmare creature imaginable. It’s extremely entertaining and an excellent source in helping children conquer their fears.

Note: Jason Segel has starred in and written songs for such movies as The Muppets and Despicable Me. Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them is his fourth book for young readers. Kirsten Miller is the author of the acclaimed Kiki Strike books, the New York Times bestseller The Eternal Ones, and How to Lead a Life of Crime.

Reviewed 2017