Genres: Middle Grade
on September 9th 2014
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Goodreads
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 is the first book in a trilogy.]
If you know me even a little, you know I judge a book by its cover, this is exactly how I discovered Nightmares!. I was shelving in the Young Readers section and it immediately caught my attention. The purple with the mansion and the giant moon in the background. It’s hard to see with this image but the hardcover edition has the title and authors in shiny silver which really makes everything pop. Speaking of the title, the font used is so beautiful! I set it aside for purchase even before I read the synopsis. I didn’t know who Jason Segel was (I KNOW, I’m sorry) but it didn’t really matter because the book sounded good and I had to buy it.
Charlie has lived in the small town of Cypress Creek all 12 years of his life. It’s a small boring kind of town with not a lot to do. When Charlie was 9 he became intrigued by the giant purple mansion on top of the biggest hill in town. He starts asking questions about the house and discovers his mother has actually been inside it! When Charlie asks his mom about the house, his mother shuts down, and visibly pales at the thought of it. She promises to tell Charlie everything when he is older, but she never gets the chance. Just a few weeks after that conversation, his mother becomes ill and passes away. Charlie then becomes obsessed with the purple mansion, asking everyone in town about it. No one knows much about it though, it’s pretty much a mystery. Three years later, the worse thing that could possibly happen to Charlie happens; his father gets married to the lady who lives in the purple mansion!
Not long after the move Charlie begins having nightmares and he is scared to sleep because of them. In his dreams Charlie is visited by a witch (that resemble his step mother) and her cat. Each night the witch tries to take Charlie into the Netherworld but she always seems to fail. One night when Charlie is preoccupied, the witch takes Charlie’s brother Jack instead. Charlie follows the witch into the forest but quickly losses her. Charlie must find his brother and bring him home, but it’s not going to be easy. Along the way he meets a colorful cast of characters including killer bunnies, giants flesh-eating bugs and a crazy clown, just to name a few.
I thoroughly enjoyed going on this adventure with Charlie and I really want to read the rest of the series. This is a book that anyone at any age can really enjoy and it might be a great suggestion for a young reader who has recently lost a family member.
Have you read Nightmares!? If so, let’s chat!