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There's Something in My Attic (1988)

by Mercer Mayer

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Convinced there is something making noise in the attic at night, a brave little girl sneaks up the stairs, lasso in hand, to capture whatever it is.

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A little girl who was never scared moves with her family from the city to a farm where she’s frightened because she can hear the nightmare in the attic just above her head. Her parents say it’s probably mice, but she knows better. So she grabs her lasso and heads up into the attic to capture the nightmare.

What will happen when she confronts the nightmare?


This delightful picture book is sure to help young readers deal with nightmares. Humor versus the “monster” creates an imaginative tale for young children learning to face their fears and anxieties. Having a girl as the central character is an added bonus.

The charming illustrations that accompany the story are perfect and having the nightmare monster fear the little girl is priceless. The story provides the adult with an opportunity to discuss what is fearful and how the child might deal with it.

Highly recommend this child-favorite story. ( )
  jfe16 | Jul 14, 2022 |
This is a story of a little girl's recurring dream. She hears something snooping around in her attic and decides to investigate. Can she capture this 'thing' to prove to her parents that it is not all a dream? ( )
  vanveenje7 | Feb 27, 2020 |
A young girl has a nightmare about a big bear taking her teddy in the attic. When she tries to show her parents, her nightmare disappears.
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  TUCC | Apr 24, 2018 |
I greatly enjoyed reading the book, “There’s Something In My Attic’, because is a fun, easy, and relatable book to read. Children usually worry about some kind of ‘monster’ living somewhere in their house, the same is true for the young girl in the book. The author’s first relatable part, is when the girl calls her parents into her room. The author ties in how logically and reasonably the parents react to their daughter telling them something is living in their attic. I found this part to be highly relatable to my own childhood, when I told my mom there was something under my bed. The book’s funniest moments are when the girl chases the monster around her house, trying to get her new teddy bear back. The author does a great job of transitioning from the girl being scared to her becoming brave. ( )
  Swyatt4 | Oct 9, 2017 |
Nightmares are tricky, and can escape lassos. Our hero will have to find a way to get her toys back without involving her parents. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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To Jessie, my daughter, with love.

Who was touched by Goopy
and went to Singapore?
Who had witches in the trees
and a finger on the door?
Who didn't like the thumber [sic]
or the lightning anymore?
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I was never afraid of anything when we lived in the city, but now we live on a farm.
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