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Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep Library Binding – August 1, 1976

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About the Author

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.



Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (August 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688840531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688840532
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
I used to check this little book out from my library practically every week back in the early 1980's. As a kid I was always fascinated by horror and monsters, and this book was a natural companion. Very well written and full of beautiful illustrations, I am not surprised that it is still in print. As for the one reviewer who claims that children should not be exposed to this material, I beg to differ. Children are always fascinated by the strange and unusual, especially scary monsters. The verses in this book were very tasteful, not graphic or "disgusting" at all. Besides, even as a kid, I knew that the monsters in this book paled to the human monsters that still lurk in the world today...and who commit their crimes with government and "moral" sanctions.
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Format: Library Binding
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school. I was an interesting lad that had a fascination for dreams and nightmares and how they worked, even at such an early age. When I came across this book, I couldn't help but read it. The poems I always enjoyed and could never forget, even at my current age of 31. Imagine my teacher's surprise when it was my turn to bring up a book to be read to the class, and I started spouting these poems. The other kids never looked at me the same again. Recently, I just happened to do a search for it, and here it is at Amazon, along with the other book (that I had no knowledge of..it was always the one book I remember). So after a hasty order, I'll be happy to add these to my collection of things to remember, and close another chapter in my own life and memories.
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By Muxz on September 13, 2004
Format: Library Binding
I basically grew up on this and "Headless Horseman Rides Tonight". This is something that you can appreciate whether you're a child or an adult, especially if you're like me and you checked it out of the school library religiously. There was a review that said it was "unsuitable for children", ummmm yeah sure. As someone who was reading this book at the age of eight years old I can say that it helped expand my imagination and got me really interested in literature. One day I hope my little nephew will read this book and experience the same joy I did when I was little.
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Format: Library Binding
The reader who didn't like this book needs to lighten up. Kids love spooky, scary stories. Just ask the Brothers Grimm! This book has wonderful, simple poems with a beautiful rhythm. Perfect for bedtime reading.
The book is not gory at all. Sure it mentions eating children and such, but look at Hansel & Grettle or the Three Bears! Ah well. I highly recommend this book for anyone, child or adult, who enjoys fun, creepy poetry and bleak, haunted illustrations. Wish I'd found this book when I was a kid. I'd have loved it!
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Always a favorite with the classroom throughout the year. "The Ghoul" was requested often and I enjoyed "growling aloud" in a darkened room while giving my little beasties what they wanted. Happy times...
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Format: Paperback
I read this interesting book of poems as a young child and I've never forgotten it. As my introduction to reading poetry for pleasure, Nightmares was a delight and I still remember some verses probably 15 years later. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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Format: Library Binding
I must have read it at the age of seven or eight. I can still remember choosing the the slim volume off the shelf, and the gleaming skull cradling the bouquet of wilted roses, grinning at me from the cover. I recall vividly the "Will O'The Wisp"(what was it?), the Goblin (perched on the monkey bars, salivating over the prospect of a banquet soon to come), and the Werewolf (prowling the cobbled streets, and knowing EXACTLY where I was). I fell in love with these poems, and I "relished the picters" (Lovecraft). My mother hated them, with a passion, and that is probably why I was so quick to pursue the sequel: "The Headless Horseman Rides Again". I have not read the verses or seen the illustrations for years, yet I remember them clearly, and a mere four nights ago, I dreamed of standing alone on a desolate, rain-slicked street, purchasing roses for my sweetheart......from the Reaper.
Thank You. --C. M. Kallenberger
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Format: Library Binding
When searching amazon for Halloween-related entertainment, I remembered this little lost nugget from my childhood, and was so excited to have found it (and its sequel).

I used to check both books out every single week one year when I was in elementary school (and I'm happy to learn that these books have meant so much to other people as well). One day as I was re-checking one of the books for the millionth time, the mean old librarian muttered "What are you DOING with these books?!?". So it not only gives me great enjoyment to learn that I have found these scary, delightful books after all these years....but also that after all these years, that mean old librarian is probably now a wretched old wraith like the monsters in the book.

So what am I doing with these books??? I'm ENJOYING THEM!!!
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