When Mercer Mayer decides to put his Little Critter series on pause for a bit, he has written several other childrens books that have gained just as much popularity as his beloved Critter. His insight into kids’ minds never faltered and he always ma
nages to create a way of telling kids something important within his unique stories. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet is one of those tales, which is funny and enlightening to kids all at the same time.
Every night, one little boy has to go to bed. There is no getting around it. After all, he has to sleep. But he isn’t too keen on the ideas because there is a monster in his closet. A
creepy monster that must have big eyes and teeth and want nothing more than to gobble him up! So one night, the boy keeps his trusty pop-gun with him. He’ll show that nightmare who is boss! And then he won’t have to be afraid anymore. So when the monster comes out, he defiantly tells the nightmare to go away, or he’ll shoot!
Much to the boy’s surprise, the monster isn’t really a very scary one at all. In fact, the creature starts to
cry! From then on the boy has to deal with a scaredy-cat monster and realizes that there was never really a nightmare in there at all.
Kids may start off worried about a monster in the
closet, but after only a few pages into There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, they will soon be giggling away at the idea of such an easily scared monster. Mercer Mayer does a wonderful job portraying a creature that, while a bit ugly, is far from threatening despite his spiky tail and big mouth and ears. It is a story with simple phrases and Mayer’s illustrations take up most of the space in the book and use only a handful of colors (blues, oranges, whites, and black shading) to showcase the things the boy and monster do. Children ages 4 and up will love seeing There’s a Nightmare in My Closet take the old fear of closet monsters and turn it on its head.