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About the Author

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the enduringly popular Little Critter books. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer has created a beloved and classic character in Little Critter.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Look-Look
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307126854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307126856
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Gives a perspective about nightmares and lets preschooler know they are okay and happen to everybody. Little Critter has a dream that he drinks a magic potion and does wild stuff that he is never allowed to do : skip his baths, have a gorilla for a pet, eat icecream for breakfast, etc. Then when he gets sleepy in his dream, there is no one to tuck him in, read him a story, and give him a hug (the nightmare part). He wakes up to his Mom and Dad comforting him, tucking him in, and giving him warm milk.
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I read this book to my 3-yr-old son. He is both surprised and excited about the idea that little critter can do whatever he wants after drinking the magic potion. My son can imagine that he is little critter who can eat as much ice creams and chocalateas he wants and stay up as late as he wants. At the end little critter still wants his mom and dad to tug him in and hug him. So is my son. My son can relate to this book. No wonder he loves it.
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I bought this book because my kids have many Mercer Meyer's books. They love the stories, it's like they feel all these stories have happened to them or are happening to them. One of my sons is always scared at night and is always talking about having bad dreams so I bought this book and read it to him. He doesn't seem to feel scared anymore after reading the story. These books are very simple to read for children and easy to understand because they are so colorful and full of pictures.
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I read these as a child now my daughter loves reading them. She is only learning to read but she has loved these books for over a year anyway. Her favorite part is finding the spider/mouse/grasshopper on each page.
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This is a great book, but so are all of the Mercer Mayer books.
If your reading to your Children, I would get this book.
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This is the best book for little kids.it lets our imagination run wild.It is also the wildest.
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Very cute and funny, this is my daughter's favorite Little Critter book. She loves it! This is sort of like vicarious wish fulfillment for kids. Little Critter dreams that he doesn't have a bedtime, doesn't take a bath, eats pizza for dinner, etc and basically runs amok doing all the things that he's not normally allowed to do. This is great for kids because they wish sometimes they didn't have to do the things they know they need to do each day and they get to watch Little Critter doing it and it helps satisfy that a little bit. (Sort of like when grown-ups watch whatever guilty pleasure tv show they turn on after putting the kiddos to bed)

In the end, Little Critter wakes up from his dream and realizes that his reality (a loving family) is better than having all his wishes granted in a dream.
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Little Critter has a dream which is good in that he gets to do what he wants, but bad because he misses his parents. He is happy to find that they are there for him when he awakens, but it is also important to help children understand WHY they have bad dreams. In Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream!Joey an adorable kangaroo has a series of bad dreams which his parents help him to understand as "Stories we tell ourselves for a reason." They help him to make sense of the reason in terms of upset feelings left over from the previous day. Children who can see their bad dreams as puzzles to be decoded will be much less upset by them and more able to understand them on their own and put themselves back to sleep to their and their parents' relief!
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