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Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! Library Binding – April 17, 2012
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American Booksellers Association named Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! to the Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next List --- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
Martha Heineman Pieper passes with flying colors her teaching of nightmare-coping skills to children with her kid-friendly language. This is quite a feat, as often, when it comes to the message picture books try to convey, authors are either aiming too high or low. Reinforcing the reassuring qualities of the story, Jo Gershman's illustrations are lively and memorable, inspiring the story with a great deal of warmth and vigor. --Norm Goldman
This is a wonderful child rearing tool for when children are frightened by nightmares. Children and parents will identify with the story and learn from it. --Bob Spear Publisher Chief Reviewer Heartland Reviews
The author has written a charming book with a rudimentary explanation young children will be able to grasp. I wish I would have had Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! when I worked with kids. The story is engaging and visually appealing. This is not a message book. Joey is not dealing with anything right or wrong. The story helps parents and kids deal with a terrifying experience nightmares. The story offers kids empathy through the parents. How wonderful is it that Daddy is handling things, helping his son understand what is happening? Of the many books I have read, and those lined up to read, this is only the second with an involved father. I like that Daddy is the involved parent. Mommy is not out of the picture. She is right by daddy s side offering comfort and reassuring hugs. She helps Joey understands his anger, caused by a perceived loss of attention, did not mean he no longer loved his mommy and daddy. Your child will adore the many characters in the illustrations. If your child experiences nightmares, he or she will adore Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! for the easy to learn technique that will have them once again peacefully sleeping all night. If a bad dream should occur, your child will have the steps needed to figure out why such a dream disrupted their sleep. Knowledge is power. Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! can give your child the power to calmly deal with bad dreams, through Joey's story. --Sue Morris Kid Lit Reviews
About the Author
Martha Heineman Pieper received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College. She is an experienced psychotherapist who also provides consultation services to mental health clinics, psychotherapists, schools, and parent coaches. She has devoted her professional life to helping children and families find happiness, and is delighted to have written a book that both entertains children and also gives them the tools they need to understand their dreams and the feelings that cause them. It also provides parents with loving and effective strategies for responding to children who wake them in the night with bad dreams.
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It is waaaaay over the head of a 2.5 year old. It's about thinking about what happened during the day to determine what caused the nightmare. As an example, one bad dream was about a judge who denied the kid his favorite dessert of apples and honey (really? a judge?). Come to find out, after consulting with his mom and dad, it was due to the kid being upset that his mom was paying more attention to his baby sister than to him earlier in the day and he was angry at himself for being jealous, so the dream-judge was punishing him for his feelings (huh?). Not all bad dreams have a reason. Some happen just because.
The pictures were somewhat scary, especially given that the book seems written for an older child. It also uses some Australian terminology which was also somewhat confusing for a toddler.
Maybe it's better for older kids.I still wasn't a huge fan of the message.