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"Childhood fear of the dark and the resulting exercise in imaginative exaggeration are given that special Mercer Mayer treatment in this dryly humorous fantasy."
-School Library Journal
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Puffin (first published 1968)
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Macy Tone
"There's A Nightmare In My Closet" by Mercer Mayer is a book that is close to my heart. As soon as I saw this book in the library I immediately picked it up because I remember my mom reading it to me. My brother and I would love reading this book because it secured us that all monsters are babies and there is nothing to be scared of. The story is very short but cute. The illustrations are very well done with lots of detail in them. The main character, is a brave young boy determined to not be fr ...more
Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 20, 2009 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my nephew, who is three years old
Oh! to be four years old again!

This is the story of a little boy who just knows he has a monster in his closet. The monster is a Nightmare, and when the little boy has had enough, he wages war with him, donning his soldier hat and a cork pop gun for protection. When he turns out the light, he is prepared for battle, but when he turns on the light to find the Nightmare sitting at the foot of his bed, something unexpected happens. Instead of running away when he's shot with the cork pop gun, the m
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Jeff
Sep 04, 2007 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kiddos
"Go away nightmare or I'll shoot you!"

"I shot him anyway..."

Love it. Read it and be five again, if only for a brief moment.
Nicole
I remember reading this story years ago and just recently picked it up again for another view. It hasn't lost any of its 'umph' over the years. I LOVE that the nightmare monster from the closet turns out to just be a scared monster that wants to hide under the boy's covers with him :) And again, Mercer Mayer - what more needs to be said. You can't ever go wrong with his illustrations.
Heidi
OK, I'll admit it. I think what made me like the book so much was the toy cannon. So cute and tiny next to this boy ready to wage war on the nightmare. Something tells me this is another book I read somewhere in the past. But as I could not remember it thoroughly, it was like reading it for the first time. And I enjoyed it. Not too much text. Pictures that aren't too scary, considering it's talking about a nightmare. And I liked the twist in the ending, too. Definitely one I can see kids enjoyin ...more
Maria Reyes
Summary
This book is about a boy being afraid of a nightmare living in his bedroom closet. Before going to sleep he would make sure his closet door was closed and was even afraid to turn around to see if it was tight closed. One night he decided to be brave and get through his fear and leave the door open. The images show step by step what the boys does and how he gets through his fear of the nightmare when his scary night is standing right next to his bed. The author tries to show kids being af
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Ronyell
“There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” is a children’s book from Mercer Mayer, author of the popular “Little Critter” books and it is about how a small boy overcomes his fear of a nightmare in his closet. “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” may be a cute story about conquering your fears, but the story is a bit dull for some children.

Mercer Mayer’s illustrations are creative and colorful as he illustrates the nightmare as being extremely huge but seems to look a bit goofy as it has two big front teet
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Comfort Olajide

I read this book it is about a young boy who knows that there is a big, scary nightmare living in his bedroom closet. Each night, before he goes to bed, the boy makes sure that the closet door is shut tight, because if he left it open, the nightmare will emerge to torment him as soon as he turns off the lights. However, one night the boy decides he's tired of hiding under his sheets, and so he sets out to rid his closet of the nightmare once and for all. The book is very colorful and simple to r
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Holly
There's A Nightmare In My Closet by Mercer Mayer is a story about a boy who knows there is a monster in his closet. He becomes brave enough to shoot the monster with his toy gun and quickly realizes as the monster starts crying that the monster is just like him. He tucks the monster into bed and falls asleep with him. However, he declares that the third monster in his closet will just not fit into his bed like the second one. This book brought me back to my childhood memories of being frightened ...more
Nathaniel Mccombs
There’s a Nightmare in My Closet is a iconic Picture story book that was first published in 1968. This book is written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer. The book is about a young boy who overcomes his fear of a monster hiding in his closet when he stays up all night to catch the monster that roams his room while he is asleep. Ironically when the boy encounters and defeats the shy monster, he recognizes the monster is terrified of the little boy. After the boy’s realization of the monster’s fright ...more
Kaitlin
The story begins with a young man’s tale of how he is scared of a Nightmare in his closet. He is afraid and hides under the overs, as many kids do, but he decides to take action and catch this no good Nightmare himself. He turns off the lights one night and waits for the door to creep open. When it does he turns on the light and shoots the Nightmare with his toy gun. The Nightmare stops and begins to cry because the little boy has scared him and doesn't know why. The boy tries to shush the Night ...more
Bonnie
Feb 23, 2014 Bonnie added it
The young boy in this picture book knows that there is a big, scary nightmare living in his bedroom closet. Each night, before he goes to bed, the boy makes sure that the closet door is shut tight, because if he left it open, the nightmare will emerge to torment him as soon as he turns off the lights. However, one night the boy decides he's tired of cowering under his sheets, and so he sets out to rid his closet of the nightmare once and for all. Almost every child can provide an account of a ni ...more
Daniella Variale
This story is about a young boy who knows he has “nightmares” in his closet. Fear of the dark is something many kids can relate to, and this story addresses the fear in a nonthreatening way. By reading about the boy’s courageous actions to confront his fears and finding in the end he is able to sleep peacefully, kids can see they really have nothing to fear at night.
I think the message of the story is thoroughly told in symbols. Even though children may not pick up on these, they can still take
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Kristina Whitt
There's a Nightmare in My Closet (1968) is a short story about a little boy overcoming his fear of a monster being in his closet when he is sleeping. He decides one night to stay up and confront the monster when it sneaks out of his closet. He scares the monster who ends up crying and then is forced to comfort him instead.

I can't say that I loved the book but it could be used for emergent to early readers since it was a short text with few words per page and large pictures. It could encourage c
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Demilyn Odango
(1968)
Summary: The story begins with the little boy scared of his closet. He did not want to go to bed because he knew that once it was dark the nightmare would come out of the closet. He tried to show he was brave when the nightmare came out, but the nightmare was just as scared as he was. The boy realized that the nightmare wasn't bad and decided to comfort it. By the end of the story, the boy is able to go to sleep.

Evaluation: This book is directed more towards late emergent to beginning earl
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Katie Hanrahan
In the story, There's a Nightmare in My Closet, Mercer Mayer takes readers through the nighttime adventures of a young boy and makes them realize everyone is afraid of something. The story is told from the point-of-view of a little boy who has a nightmare in his closet. One night, he decides to deal with his "nightmare". He confronts the "nightmare" and scares him. The boy tries to console the "nightmare" and tucks him in.

The title of this book makes readers want to read it. When you look at it,
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Kathryn Anne Russell
There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer is about a young boy going to sleep at night and the monster in his closet. The boy always checks the closet before he goes to sleep at night and he closes the door. The boy is afraid of the monster until one night when he decides to get rid of the monster once and for all. When it gets dark at night and the monster is creeping toward the boy, the boy turns on the light and threatens the monster with his toy gun. The monster starts to cry and the ...more
Briana Nelson
As soon as I saw this book in my early literacy classroom I immediately picked it up because I remember my mom reading it to me when I was little! My younger sister and I would love reading this book because it secured us that all monsters are nothing to be scared of. The story is very short but cute. The illustrations are very well done with lots of detail in them. The main character, is a brave young boy determined to not be frightened by his nightmare. He likes to sleep with his toy gun and ...more
Cheryl
I don't remember this well, I just remember making a note of it in case my children ever needed to conquer their fear.
Steven
One of the books from my childhood, recently rediscovered! Hello, old friend.
José García
Todas las noches hay una pesadilla en mi armario, cierro la puerta cuidadosamente y me meto en la cama sin mirar atrás. Todas las noches la misma pesadilla, hasta que un día le tiendo una trampa y la pillo a los pies de mi cama y le disparo, la pesadilla se muere de miedo y la tengo que meter en mi cama para que no arme jaleo. Seguro que hay mas pesadillas pero en la cama no cabemos más.
Genial.
Ideal para niños con pesadillas y para disfrutar sin mas de una historia bien contada y llevada a la m
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Patrick
There’s A Nightmare In My Closet would be a great book to do a picture read with kindergarteners or with first graders. The illustrations are so detailed and yet simple that the characters come to life on the page. A teacher could use this book to build their students vocabulary by having the students tell what is happening in the story based only on the pictures and not on the words in the book. This book could also be a good book to help the students build their prediction skills. The teacher ...more
Denise
I liked this book because I enjoyed it in a new way. I know that I would have loved this book as a kid. It made me remember the exact night I was scared of my own closet! I wish I would have read it back then! It's a perfect book to read to kids who are scared of the dark/closet/ or just have nightmares. It does an awesome job being relating to kids and it belittles the fears that are so very common. Not to mention it was super cute and fun to read! I would definitely recommend this book!






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Brigette
The cover art of this book shows a picture of a scared-looking little boy looking at his closet, while a very large monster-like creature peaks out of the closet at him. The color pallet throughout this book is very muted and calm, yet somehow created a weird tension as I looked at it. Maybe the tension came from the use of the lines that showed shadow all over the room, except where the little boy’s lamp is shining. Some of the illustrations are full-bleed, while others only utilize a small por ...more
Melissa Long
This fun Mercer Mayer book is laid out in portrait/vertical format. The illustrations are somewhat darker, including colors like gray, blue, dark blue,white, and some yellow, since the story takes place at night/bedtime. The illustrations also contain cross-hatching, which gives the images the feeling of energy that stems from a child's imagination. The text of the story is formal and is separated from the images by a white border. This allows for the reader to focus on the illustrations and the ...more
Shelby Fungone
This is a sweet book intended for a young audience. At first, I was hesitant to pick up this book and read it because the cover of the book looked like it wouldn't be happy or cute. Because everyone hates nightmares and scary things! But, I read it actually three times because once I got to the end of the book I couldn't believe how sweet and touching the book was. The little boy talks about how there is a nightmare in his closet that he doesn't like. Then, the nightmare comes out of the closet ...more
Emily
This is a touching story about a little boy who is scared of the nightmare that is hiding in his closet. Night after night he remains scared of the nightmare in his closet and closes the closet door each night before he goes to bed. One night the little boy gets the courage to get rid of the monster on his own. He gets dressed into his soldier and general clothing and weapons, preparing to fight off the nightmare to get read of him forever. Just as the boy suspected, the monster comes out of the ...more
Sarah Sammis
Mostly it's Harriet who likes Mercer Mayer's books but There's a Nightmare in My Closet has a monster and a happy ending, two things that make for a perfect book for him.

There's a Nightmare in My Closet reminds me of Monsters Inc. if it were told from Boo's point of view. The setting is a boy's room at night. He's convinced there's a monster in his closet who wants to scare him. Just like Boo, he decides to confront his fear.

Rather than entering the monster's world, this boy turns the tables and
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Erin
A young boy has a nightmare that lives in his closet. One night he has had enough! He stakes out the nightmare and catches him when the lights go out. He ends up shooting the nightmare with a pop gun which makes the nightmare cry. To stop the nightmare from crying, he puts him to bed in his bed. Then the boy crawls into bed with him and falls asleep.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Sierra Murdoch
Definitely my favorite of the three I read today! It was catchy and relate-able for children. The theme would be to face your fears, because they may not end up being so scary. The book was horizontal to fit the image of the bedroom being in that direction. And every picture was full bleed, with a never changing setting of the bedroom. I enjoyed the ending and surely recommend it!
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I began illustrating books in 1966. Since that time I have published over 300 books. Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid. Now I'm a big kid and I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always remind me of what it was like.

I was born in Arkansas in 1943. Boy, that was a long time ago! It's real fun to be an old kid. Then m
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