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There's Something in My Attic Paperback – September 1, 1992

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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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

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: 8.4 x 0.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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I read this book to my children in my best campfire voice and my 3-year-old daughter especially loves it. New situations can be scary, but we should face our fears as this book shows. The main character is a brave young girl who hears something in the attic above her bed. Her parents tell her it is probably just mice, but the little girl knows it is more and she is going to prove it. One night, she gets out of bed and slips into her cowgirl boots. She puts on her hat, grabs her lasso, and heads upstairs to face her nightmare. She manages to lasso the monster and drag him downstairs but he disappears before she can show her parents.
I like that the girl is brave and that she faces her nightmare with courage and determination. I think that is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. What I don't like is that she fights the monster over a teddy bear that she is unwilling to share. The monster never gets mean and actually looks quite sad and frightened, but she shows the creature zero compassion. Instead, she lassos the big gentle beast and drags him against his will being mean to him the whole time. I really dislike that. That is how people often treat people who are different or animals who are defenseless. I try to talk about that when sharing this book with my kids. "Oh that monster just looks lonely!" "That poor monster looks so scared. I bet he just needs a hug", etc.
This was a fun book and is a hit with the kids, but not quite excellent.
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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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By dede on September 6, 2012
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This has been the all-time favorite of my grandchildren. One 2 year old was always afraid to turn the page and see the "monster nightmare" but still loved to have the book read over and over. I bought another copy to give him as an adult!
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Absolutely a great book. My first son loved this book, and read him for months. Now my younger 4 year old loves it too. There is something about mystery, and the nice images on this book that makes kids love it... I highly recommend it.
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I bought this nice story with other two stories, There's an Alligator under My Bed and There's a Nightmare in My Closet. Since then my son every night want me or his mother to reed on of them and then he tells it in his words, this is a fantastic story for kids As I see.
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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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