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There's a Nightmare in My Closet (There's Something in My Room Series) (original 1968; edition 1992)

by Mercer Mayer (Author)

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At bedtime a boy confronts the nightmare in his closet and finds him not so terrifying after all.
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Title:There's a Nightmare in My Closet (There's Something in My Room Series)
Authors:Mercer Mayer (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (1992), Edition: Reissue, 32 pages
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There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer (1968)

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One of my children's favorites, and now one of my grandchildren's favorites. A little boy decides to do something about the Nightmare that is hiding in his bedroom closet, with surprising results. Fun story, fantastic artwork! ( )
  fuzzi | Oct 1, 2022 |
This book is about a boy who decides to confront the nightmare in his closet. At first he is going to shot the nightmare but in the end he tucks the nightmare in his bed and gets into bed with him. He then states that if there were to be another nightmare how closet there is no room in the bed for him. The illustrations are done in black and white with little color. They are drawn in pencil. This books ending is a twist because the boy accepts his nightmare instead of getting rid of it. ( )
  AlissaAnneMay | Feb 10, 2022 |
Who among us wasn’t afraid of nightmares hiding in the closet? I certainly was, and wish I had this book when I was little. A little boy decides to confront his nightmare when it emerges from the closet; he waits for it with a toy gun. He frightens the nightmare, who begins to cry, and then the little boy has to comfort the nightmare. He tucks him in bed with him and they go to sleep.

Illustrations by Mercer Mayer are adorable, and make the nightmare into a believably scary thing at first, but then just a cute cuddly monster who is very much like the boy, needing reassurance.

The wonderful message is that everything is not always what it seems, and sometimes what or who we are scared of might be just as scared of us. When the unknown becomes known, our whole idea of the world can change. ( )
1 vote nbmars | Oct 25, 2020 |
In this book, the child was scared of the monster in his closet and he overcame these fears. The closing of the door to me is a comparison to how we hide our fears in life instead of facing them head-on. The boy gains confidence and he stands up for himself I think this is an important lesson that is portrayed in this story. It can also teach not to judge a person or thing by appearance; they can be different then you expect, just as the friendly monster at the end of the story. The emotions of the characters are shown in the ending as smiles on their faces. ( )
  mprochnow | Aug 24, 2018 |
In my option I liked, the book “There’s A Nightmare In My Closet”, because the book is funny and pulls a slight twist at the end of the book. The book’s beginning grabs the reader’s attention with the narrator stating, ‘There was something in my closet”. I liked how the author ‘shows’ how scary the monster is, without actually showing it. The author uses the narrator, the young boy, to show how the monster is fighting the child. Readers become curious as to what this unseen monster looks like. A twist comes in near the end of the book, after the boy has drawn the monster out of the closet. Instead of the boy being frightened of the monster, the monster fears the boy. I liked this twist, because it is both funny and unexpected it. Monsters are not usually associated with being afraid of humans. I enjoyed the ending of the book, as the boy had to calm the monster down, so that it’s crying wouldn’t wake up his parents. It was a surprise to find that the boy was more worried about his parents waking up, then a monster laying in his bed. Overall, I ended this book from beginning to end. ( )
  Swyatt4 | Oct 9, 2017 |
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