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From Publishers Weekly

In typically zany Mayer fashion, an intrepid girl confronts a resident nightmare with delightfully unexpected results. Ages 4-8.
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PreSchool-Grade 2 Mayer's third book about nightmares features a feisty girl in blonde pigtails, nightgown, cowboy hat, and boots. When Mom and Dad don't believe that there's a nightmare in the attic, she decides to lasso it and bring it downstairs to show them. The fat friendly dragon-like monster appears with the girl's teddy bear and won't give it back. She pulls it down with the lasso to her parent's room, but it slips away, and she vows to retrieve her bear tomorrow. The predominately blue watercolors with black pen are not as refined as those in Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968). The outline and cross-hatching are thicker and resemble the illustrations in Mayer's There's an Alligator Under My Bed (Dial, 1987). The format remains large with creative use of white space and frames. The nightmare is a cream puff of a creature with child-like facial expressions. The story is satisfying, humorous, possibly bibliotherapeutic, and significantly different from previous titles to justify making room on the shelf for this nightmare as well. Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Pub . Lib . , Ohio
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140548130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140548136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1998
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I teach preschool aged children and we use this story when talking about fears. When I read it I start in a whispered tone, and when she sees the "something" in the atic I yell at the same time she does. The children jump a mile and laugh like mad. We then take a good look at the "something" and the girl. We all belive the "something" is more scard than the girl. I recomend this and any of Mayer's Little Critter books to any one with children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B on December 24, 2012
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Mercer Mayer books are awesome. I purchased this for my son. We're building his book collection (he's only 6 months old now). This is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Aylett on March 7, 2013
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This is one of our favorite authors for children. This great book is just scary enough for small children. And easy to read for new readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Watson on July 1, 2013
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Cute book about a child's anxiety over moving to a new house in a new place. And it's nice to see the main character be a little girl:)
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By Ex daycare teacher & Mom on September 8, 2009
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I used to teach 2 year olds and this book was one of their favorites. Yes 2 year olds! Even though some children were a bit frightened of it they still loved it and wanted us to read it again and again. We used the book to talk about real and pretend and dreams. It was especially helpful around Halloween when the kids saw scary "monsters" on porches and in yards.
I love how the little girl gets herself prepared to face the "something"(down to the cute cowgirl outfit over her pj's). I also like that her parent's try to give a plausible explination of what may be in the attic rather then telling her she's wrong about hearing things. I love how brave the little girl is and how she faces her fears and stands up to the "something" ... although it looks too scared of her to be much of a threat.
Great story.
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My 2.5-year old daughter just began to leave her room in the middle of the night to report to us that her room was "spooky". Her caregiver at daycare had this book in her personal collection and let my daughter borrow it for a little while. We read it and it's fellow books ("There's a Nightmare in my Closet", "There's an Alligator under my Bed") before bed, and eventually, my daughter didn't find her room scary anymore. She'd reference the child in the books being brave and confronting their nightmares. I enjoyed the books so much, I bought new copies of them for my daughter's caregiver, as her copies were 'well-loved'.
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Mercer Mayer strikes gold again! I don't know in what order this series of books was issued, but I was pleased to find a young lady as the focus of the story. Have loved all the "There's a ...." in my attic, closet or under the bed. Helpful for young children who may be afraid of the dark. A great jumping off place for a discussion about what is, and isn't, fearful in the nighttime. Illustrations are typically excellent.
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Once again a really good story for young children that may be a bit frightened by going to bed at night. All of us can relate at some time of being frightened at night. It's that feeling that there's something out there, just waiting for you to close your eyes. But Mercer Mayer helps to instill confidence in young children by allowing them the chance to be big and brave.
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