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What a Bad Dream (A Golden Look-Look Book)

by Mercer Mayer

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The beginning of the story makes the reader question the title of the book. In Little Critter's dream, he drinks a potion that transforms him into a monster with fangs and claws and wings. His appearance is so fearsome that he scares off his family, and has free reign of the house. That means he can eat whatever he wants for meals, even dessert, and he never has to take a bath. He can adopt that pet gorilla he has always wanted, and doesn't have to follow the rules at the store. He skips school. He stays up as late as he wants. So far, the dream sounds like wish fulfillment for little children. Why is the book called a bad dream, then? Towards the end, Little Critter is feeling sleepy even though he doesn't have a bed time. He realizes nobody is there to tuck him in or read him a story. He starts to cry, and nobody is there to comfort him. Until his parents shake him awake and assure him he was just having a bad dream. Perhaps one of my favorite books in the Little Critter series, this story is a perfect example of how Mayer blends comical stories and subtle lessons, how he captures a child's perspective but includes humor for adults. What a wonderful way to teach children that the cost for making all the rules is being completely independent, and that they aren't ready for that yet. I love the ending, when Little Critter's mom brings him milk and he double checks to make sure it's not a potion, because he doesn't want to drink a magic potion. Also, the story is even more imaginative than usual, as Little Critter transforms into a monster and rampages through his town with a gorilla. My girls and I love reading this book together. ( )
  nmhale | Jun 5, 2014 |
Cute book about a little boy who has a bad dream and becomes a "monster". This monster doesn't listen to his family and his family decides to go away and leave him alone. He wakes up from his dream and realizes that this is not what he wants at all and how important his family is to him, and the importance of following his parents rules and advice. ( )
  RiaO | Nov 28, 2013 |
I like reading this to my students because at first he does what every kid would love to do, then makes them realize that you need family, that you need someone in your life, and can't live all by yourself.
  kurumy | Oct 14, 2013 |
Little Critter, Mercer Mayer's beloved character, stars in his own bad dream. Turning himself into a scary, disagreeable monster who won't go to school or take a bath or eat anything but fudge pops and pizza, Little Critter discovers that his family has decided to go away and leave him alone. Trapped in a lonely dream, Little Critter has to make a choice. The sweet and funny ending to this picture-book story will satisfy every young reader.
  clwalker | Jun 13, 2012 |
scary, social, patterned book about a "boy" who drinks a potion and changes into a monster ( )
  smc029 | Feb 12, 2012 |
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Little Critter, Mercer Mayer's beloved character, stars in his own bad dream. Turning himself into a scary, disagreeable monster who won't go to school or take a bath or eat anything but fudge pops and pizza, Little Critter discovers that his family has decided to go away and leave him alone. Trapped in a lonely dream, Little Critter has to make a choice. The sweet and funny ending to this picture-book story will satisfy every young reader.

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In his dream, Little Critter turns into a monster that is so scary that he can do whatever he wants, but he discovers that he does not like being alone.

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