by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Publish Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade/Fantasy
How Did I Get It? it was a gift from a friend!
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares!, the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town.
Sleeping has never been so scary. And now waking up is even worse!
Charlie Laird has several problems.
1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion, which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark.
3.He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.
What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world—that’s a line that should never be crossed.
And when your worst nightmares start to come true . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good.
This book is a page turner! I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did (because oftentimes, when an actor tries their hand at writing, it is not always good). There are monsters-zombies, creepy clowns, Gorgons, scary woods, witches, and Fear itself. But there was also Charlie Laird’s fear itself, which was the cause of nightmares slipping into the waking world. But what is Charlie’s greatest fear? Well, that is something I won’t spoil.
Charlie Laird actually made me quite sad; he is having a time with the fact that his father has remarried-especially to a woman who lives in a purple house on the top of a hill. And now that he lives there, he has been having terrifying nightmares; to the point that he looks like the walking dead, with dark bags under his eyes and drinking large cups of coffee. But when his worst nightmares start to come true, he must face them in order to save his family.
I loved this book. I read it non-stop this past weekend, and am eagerly anticipating the release of the second book later this year!