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GOOD NIGHTMARE

Author: Mark Wayne Adams

Illustrator: Mark Wayne Adams

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Publisher: Caballo Books, ©2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: Time for bed. The lights go out, and the noises begin. A young girl and her night mare explore the sounds before returning home to sleep. As they walk together, they uncover each part of the music of the night: a brother's snore, crickets, frogs, bats, and even the gentle breeze. Simple, rhyming lyrics help kids find comfort in the sounds that start when they go to bed.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 0.6

Age of Child: Started reading with a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We read this as partners (we read one page, she read the next, and so on). Our daughter was always anxious to make the sounds themselves, which added to the fun of sharing this book. She commented several times about the pastel illustrations, particularly the blue mare (that resembles a My Little Pony).

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a book that would have been nice to have when our daughter was three or four. The lyrics are soothing and effectively take the fear out of the night's noise. The author does a nice job with the rhyme and by adding the noisemaker's sound, can quickly engage the kids in participating while we read. The color scheme and very girly pony and narrator will make the book more attractive to girls, though everyone can enjoy the story.

Pros: This picture book makes music of night time noises, and changes a nightmare from a bad dream to an animal that will help you overcome your fear.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book to read, and will be particularly valuable for families with kids who are light sleepers or are frightened by noises.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NOISES AT NIGHT   NATHANIEL WILLY, SCARED SILLY   THE MONSTER TRAP

Educational Themes: You can use this story to explore the noises that animals make (any time of day) or explain and diffuse fears at bedtime.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level .6

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, bedtime story, animal stories

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2009

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