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Nightmares! and The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel/Kristin Miller

Saturday, September 5, 2015

"Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."—Publishers WeeklyThe hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares! is 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.

Praise for Nightmares!
 


New York Times Bestseller! 
"Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and...readers will want to accompany him again."— The New York Times Book Review 

"A touching comical saga...about facing things that go bump in the night."— US Weekly"Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."— Publishers Weekly 

"[Nightmares!] succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure...[It's] sweet, charming, and imaginative."— Kirkus Reviews 

"Segel...and Miller build an entertaining, cartoony world full of scary (but not too scary) monsters, silly jokes, plucky kid heroes...with a promise of adventures to come."— Booklist 

"An engaging and creative story...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."— VOYA 

"There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor."— School Library Journal

"Cleverly crafted...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"— ILA Literacy Daily 

Goodreads Summary




Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the sequel to the hilariously scaryNew York Times bestselling novel Nightmares! by multitalented actor Jason Segel and bestselling author Kirsten Miller. You thought the nightmares were over? You better keep the lights on!

Charlie Laird has a dream life.

1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium. 
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies. 

But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means.

Things are getting freaky again.

Praise for Nightmares!, book one 

New York Times bestseller

"Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and...readers will want to accompany him again."— The New York Times Book Review 

"A touching comical saga...about facing things that go bump in the night."— US Weekly"Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."— Publishers Weekly 

"[Nightmares!] succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure...[It's] sweet, charming, and imaginative."— Kirkus Reviews 

"Segel...and Miller build an entertaining, cartoony world full of scary (but not too scary) monsters, silly jokes, plucky kid heroes...with a promise of adventures to come."— Booklist 

"An engaging and creative story...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."— VOYA 

"There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor."— School Library Journal

"Cleverly crafted...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"— ILA Literacy Daily

Goodreads Summary



Series Review:

So many people in this world talk about their dreams with each other, and within that group, nightmares are a huge focus. We all remember that recurring dream that happened as a child that freaked us out for nights on end and appeared again and again as the years went by. Imagine if your worst nightmare came to life while you were awake and was terrorizing your daily life. This would make your life a 24 hour-a-day disaster.

What I like a lot about this is the comedic element that is ever present throughout the whole series. Segel and Miller have always been some of my favorite comedians in the slap stick style movies of today and I love that they have ventured into children's writing. They bring the right glimmer of wonder and creativity that children will love from the moment that they open this book. What's great is he also is able to spin in a lesson of getting over your fears and overcoming adversity no matter how ridiculously weird it is. There is also this feeling that reminds me of the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas" that I absolutely loved. Your kids will adore this book, there is no doubt about it.

5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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3 comments:

  1. Arra A. said...:

    Wow! I just found out that Jason Segel has a book! This sounds interestingly fun and amazing! Hope I can read it soon, too!

    Arra
    Style Reader

  1. Ooh so glad you loved these! I have wanted to read Nightmares! Since I got the sampler somehow from a book blogging pall. I love middle grade reading and wasn't sure how Jason Segel would be as an author! But I loved the sample and have been waiting until it releases on paperback (I have this thing against hardback books unless I really need it because they get so heavy!)

    Great review. Can't wait to read this series. :)

    Diamond @n Diamond's Reads

  1. Sounds like fun and I'm looking for some good books to share for Halloween. This would be perfect!