Nightmares!

Nightmares!

eBook - 2014
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"Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."—Publishers WeeklyThe hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares! is a Texas Bluebonnet nominee and 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.Praise for Nightmares!Book one is a New York Times bestseller and Texas Bluebonnet nominee!"Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and...readers will want to accompany him again."—The New York Times Book Review"A touching comical saga...about facing things that go bump in the night."—US Weekly""[Nightmares!] succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure...[It's] sweet, charming, and imaginative."—Kirkus Reviews"Segel...and Miller build an entertaining, cartoony world full of scary (but not too scary) monsters, silly jokes, plucky kid heroes...with a promise of adventures to come."—Booklist "An engaging and creative story...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."—VOYA"There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor."—School Library Journal"Cleverly crafted...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"—ILA Literacy DailyFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780385384032
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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.

ArapahoeTiegan 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

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ArapahoeTiegan 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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