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There's a Nightmare in My Closet (There's Something in My Room Series) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00CLFCGOA
- Publisher : Dial Books (Jan. 1 1968)
- Language : English
- File size : 9171 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
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- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 32 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #612,512 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Told in the first person, the story tells how a young boy, outfitted in those cute footie pajamas with the flap in the back, used to be scared of the nightmare in his closet before going to bed. Each night the boy would close the closet door then hide under his sheets. That all changes the night the boy pops on his general's helmet and outfits himself with a toy canon, toy soldiers, and a pop gun to rid himself of his nightmare once and for all. Sure enough, when the lights are out the monster comes creeping and perches on the foot of the bed but the boy is ready. He threatens it to leave and when he shoots his pop gun the nightmare bursts into tears. It's really a pitiful sight. Relenting, the boy tucks the monster in his bed, closes the closet door, and snuggles down to share the bed with his nightmare. As the boy ends the tale with, "I suppose there's another nightmare in my closet, but my bed's not big enough for three", sure enough, another monster sticks out his head and smiles winningly at the reader whilst the two others sleep blissfully.
When you think of all the mediocre monster books out there, this story really is remarkable. Compare this book to "Go Away, Big Green Monster", for example. There's just no comparison. And for its 1968 publication date, the story really feels very contemporary. The adept pen and ink illustrations combine successfully with the no-nonsense tone of the narration to produce a real class act. The boy in the pictures really does resemble All in all, this is just a nice story about confronting your fears and finding that sometimes they're not as bad as you think. You have to love the illustrations as well. The single shot of the nightmare tucked in the bed gesturing worriedly at the open closet door is so very sad. Any child that's a fan of the aforementioned "Monsters, Inc." will love this story as well. A sweet tale with a lovely moral. I just can't recommend it enough.
"There's a nightmare in my closet" tells a story, from the perspective of a young boy, of how a child confronts his fears and learns that they might not be as scary as he once thought. After reading this book to my daughter a few times, her nightmares became much less frequent, and she seemed much more able to handle the few she got.
Since young children always have, and always will be, afraid of something in the night, this book will never become old fashioned. I recommend it to anyone with young children.
The illustrations are mediocre but children would laugh their way through about the monsters. The text is very simple (a line per page) and budding readers would appreciate that.
However, parental guidance should be given about the use of guns/rifles to deal with things the kids may not like. That point aside, a worthwhile book to help your kids get interested in reading.