Good Nightmare


Time for bed. The lights go out, and the noises begin. A young girl and her night mare explore the sounds before returning home to sleep. As they walk together, they uncover each part of the music of the night: a brother's snore, crickets, frogs, bats, and even the gentle breeze.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book makes music of night time noises, and changes a nightmare from a bad dream to an animal that will help you overcome your fear.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

We read this as partners (we read one page, she read the next, and so on). Our daughter was always anxious to make the sounds themselves, which added to the fun of sharing this book. She commented several times about the pastel illustrations, particularly the blue mare (that resembles a My Little Pony).

Parent Reaction

This is a book that would have been nice to have when our daughter was three or four. The lyrics are soothing and effectively take the fear out of the night's noise. The author does a nice job with the rhyme and by adding the noisemaker's sound, can quickly engage the kids in participating while we read. The color scheme and very girly pony and narrator will make the book more attractive to girls, though everyone can enjoy the story.

Type of Book:
Simple, rhyming lyrics help kids find comfort in the sounds that start when they go to bed.
Educational Themes:

You can use this story to explore the noises that animals make (any time of day) or explain and diffuse fears at bedtime.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Started reading with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a fun book to read, and will be particularly valuable for families with kids who are light sleepers or are frightened by noises.

Title Good Nightmare
Author Mark Wayne Adams
Publisher Caballo Books © 2007
Illustrators Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN 9781596160019
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Poetry
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