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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 k
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~ Interview with my 9 almost 10 year old ~

Describe Nightmares in five words: Fun. Exciting. Adventures. Funny. Awesome.

Did you the like the audiobook? Yeah. The guy who wrote it did a good job reading it too. You should tell him. (Um, I don't know Jason Segel personally, but I'll let the publicist who gave us the audiobook know.)

What I Liked: The fact that Charlie and Jack are brothers. And the purple mansion they live in.

Was it scary? Only if you're Charlie. Regular kids who read it shouldn't b
Mohammed Arabey
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Because It's a Hot Windless Summer Night..!
And reading light Horror always a welcome breath.

And the author of this is a familiar face..

Because in Hot Windless Summer either sleepless..

..or having Nightmares!

And this brilliant story is about Nightmares, Loss, Darkness, Fear...and even Believe..

So drop everything and face your worst fears with Charlie Laird in his stepmonster stepmother's Purple House..

And in this Hot Windless Summer Night... let's know more of Nightmares.. Monsters..Wi
Jason Segel did a great job with this. I wonder how much is Kirsten and how much is Jason. There are some interesting ideas in the story and the characters are very teenage. I like the message about facing your fears to take the power away from them. I have read that kids enjoy these books. I can see that. There is some frightening stuff, there is some funny stuff and there is some real life stuff all mixed in a pimply package.

I like the character of Meduso the best. He was by far the best char
Brigid ✩
Last summer, I went to BookExpo America in NYC on the children's/YA day. To my excitement, Jason Segel was there, signing pamphlet thingies (which had an excerpt from this book in them) and ... I MET HIM. At the time my hair was dyed dark purple and he was like, "Cool hair! It matches the cover of the book." And I was like, "... um yeah haha thanks bye." I was very awkward, plus the line was moving very quickly, but yeah. AHHHHH. It was still pretty cool. I also got to meet the co-author of the ...more
So, I bought this book as soon as I saw it, simply because of Jason Segel's name. I'm a semi-moderate fan of his, meaning that I loved him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, This Is The End, and the maybe 35 minutes or so that I've ever seen of How I Met Your Mother, but I don't like follow his work or fangirl for him or anything. I just got excited when I saw this because I was interested to see what he'd do with a midgrade book, and the title was intriguing, and the cover is gorgeous. So I bought i ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was a neat little audiobook. I know Jason Segel as an actor, but he's a pretty good writer as well. It was a nice bonus that he narrated the story. I only gave it three stars because it wasn't ground-breaking for me. I thought it was a cute idea, and I liked the message about conquering your deepest fears, and dealing with grief. I felt bad for Charlie's step-mother, whom he treated really awfully, because of the fact that she wasn't his mother and his dad and brother seemed to be moving on ...more
Ashley DiNorcia
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-mg
This was wonderful! Why did it take me so long to pick this up?

If you're looking for a good middle grade book I definitely recommend this! The illustrations were wonderful and the message of overcoming fears and the obstacles we create for ourselves had a lot more depth than I was expecting!

Will definitely be continuing the series.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay well back 2 years ago I stumbled upon this book and it had me hooked. I mean I couldn't stop reading. So if you like adventure books then read this... Charlie Lard is a brave man in this action packed novel full of twists and turns everywhere...-Lewis
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own, middle-grade
I'm really wavering between four and five stars on this one, actually. I have been super-duper jazzed about this book since I first heard about it. And I heard about it FROM Jason Segel at Book Expo America, and he was so enthusiastic and charming, and Kirsten Miller is so great, and the design of the book (it's sparkly purple and silver! With illustrations!) is fantastic. But was the story up to the hype?

Well, yes.

The book is absolutely charming, and the story is truly inventive. I loved Charli
Michael Fierce
3 ½ stars bumped up to 4 for the excellent perfectly realized artwork.

I look forward to the sequel.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
+ 2 stars +

I'd been eyeing this for a while and recently had it recommended to me by a lot of people. To save myself, I went in expecting nothing but a good reading time... I didn't even get that. I read 38 pages before I got uninterested and an extra twenty before I finally gave up. I ended up reading the rest just to see if it would change my mind but all in all it was an alright read. I do have to say that Charlie was a bit of a dick to his stepmother within the first 17 pages and it kinda ma
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-rc, genre-2014
I really wanted to like this one, but it just wasn't for me. It felt like a simple concept that was stretched way further than it needed to go and the development of the characters needs work. I'm trying to be gentle, knowing that this is written for a younger audience, but I feel like the author recycled some fairly famous stories rather than creating his own. ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I wanted to like this book more. I listened to it on audio and really enjoyed it for awhile. It's read by Jason Segal so it's well done. It was just a little longer than it needed to be and probably could've been cut by 75 pages easily. I probably would've enjoyed this one more if I was younger. I just didn't fall in love with it the way I had expected to. I would still recommend it for younger kids, there is a lot about this book to enjoy. ...more
Jaime Arkin
I’m not a huge middle grade reader, but at times, when I find one that I just know I have to read, I try to con my 9 year old into joining me because to be honest he’s more of a graphic novel reader and I want him to get more into chapter books. Sadly, it isn’t working but despite him deciding to move on to something else, I couldn’t put this down once I started it.

I ended up seeing Jason talk about why he had to write this book at BookCon just before it came out, and I just knew I wanted to gi
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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I would be lying if I said I had any interest in Nightmares! aside from the fact that Jason Segel wrote it. Have I been disappointed in innumerable celebrity books in the past? Why, yes. Do I think that actors are necessarily talented authors? In many cases, probably not. Will I ever learn? Unlikely. But, hey, sometimes celebrity books aren’t just capitalizing on fame for a book deal; sometimes they’re good. It’s true that
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
Charlie Laird has been having nightmares ever since he moved into the purple mansion with his little brother Jack, his dad, and his stepmonster Charlotte Dechant who he thinks is a witch. When he thinks his little brother is taken over to the land of nightmares a.k.a. the Netherworld, he runs off to find him. Can he succeed and face his fears before the nightmares devour him? Read on and find out for yourself.

This is How I met Your Mother and The Muppets star Jason Segel's first ever book and it
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

I super enjoyed this book! I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jason Segel which is why it got an extra half star. His narration was so incredible and really brought the story alive for me. I loved Charlie's friend group and all the nightmares that helped him along in the Netherworld. This book gave me Monster Squad/Monsters, Inc. vibes the whole time. It was funny, touching (I may have teared up a few times), and a cute story for kids and adults alike who sometimes have trouble f
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was really good! And surprisingly, it had a lot of depth for a children's novel. I loved Charlie and all of his friend and even his adorable little brother Jack. I also thought the Netherworld was really well developed and I enjoyed the characters that were based there. Not only did Meduso and Dabney make the coolest and oddest duo ever, but they were hilarious. Oh! And I can't forget the book's illustrations! The art was really great and aided in the storytelling so much. I'm so excit ...more
Colleen Houck
The nightmare world was truly frightening. My favorite character was the stepmonster. ;) The book cover is gorgeous too. Scares up all kinds of fears just looking at it.
Kimberley doruyter
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
wonderful story, facinating pictures.
a little to long for the age it's directed at but still good to read to the kids.
Nightmares come to life in this book! Be prepared for clowns, gorgons, vampires, witches, and more!

So I was really excited about this book, Kirsten Miller is one of the authors and I just adore her books (Kiki Strike!). And really, this book was fantastic, if you don't mind an annoying MC.

Because that is Charlie for you. He is pissed all the time because his dad DARED to continue his life and marry a new woman. He is pissed at his brother for falling for his stepmom's love. He is pissed at every
Stay Fetters
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun and adventurous read.
Sometimes we have to grow up a little and face our demons or maybe a witch in a purple mansion...
Story of a Book Reader
“Do you know why people think nightmares aren’t real?”
Charlie was too confused to answer. Something had changed. This nightmare was different from the rest. The witch had never spoken to him like this before.
“Because most people wake up.”

Nightmares! is a middle grade book that follows the adventures of a kid named Charlie.
Charlie lives in a purple mansion with his dad, his little brother Jack and his stepmother.
His mom is dead and he really misses her. He hates his stepmother Charlotte
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO GOOD. It's about a boy called Charlie whose mother died and now his father remarried and moved with Charlie and his brother Jack into the Purple Mansion, which is the place his new stepmother lives. Charlie doesn't like her at all and believes her to be a witch and he cannot sleep in the mansion. Every night, he has terrible nightmares. Every night, he can't stop himself from falling asleep.

I was both excited and iffy about this book before I picked it up: I really like Jason Se
Most certainly a fun read! This has been one of the best middlegrades I've read this year with a strong focus on facing fears and overcoming the darkness that you create for yourself.

I was laughing out loud at some of the antics of the Nightmare creatures, and I was about ready to scoop up a few of them to keep forever! If you can imagine the way you felt watching "Nightmare Before Christmas" for the first time, yeah, you may be rediscovering that feeling all over again with "Nightmares!". Some
Waffles - Kelsey
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nightmares is something everyone has had. Whether you are young or old, you once had a nightmare that you just couldn't shake off. Sometimes it's just the one nightmare, sometimes it's a trilogy. Sometimes, however, it stays with you for days, weeks, even months. You are either falling into a dark abyss; a clown is chasing you; failing a test that is coming up. But the main thing to remember is that these are just nightmares.....they only occur during the night, during sleep. Once you wake up, t ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Charlie Laird has problems. Charlie, his dad, and his little brother have to move into his new "stepmonster's" purple mansion, which is not at all a nice place, and he's pretty sure that said stepmonster is really a witch. He's also having constant nightmares, even during naps. To make matters even worse, his nightmares are now crossing over into the Waking World. Charlie will have to face his worst fears if he wants to see his family again, and he's going to need all the help he ...more
I will admit to reading this purely because of Jason Segel. I might have more than a mild crush on him. I mean, come on.

This book was far more than I expected it to be. It's directed at a younger age group than I usually read, but has some really great messages as well as being entertaining. Like the best types of entertainment there are jokes in there for the parents who might be reading it to their children or listening along on a long car ride.

The audiobook was narrated by Jason Segel as we
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-book
I am always cautious with celebrity-related it any good, or is it just getting published because the writer is famous?

I nabbed the Chapter Sampler and just LOVED it!

I think everyone can sympathize with Charlie, a kid who is going through a tough time after his mom dies, his dad remarries a possible witch, and who has to move out of the home he has always known to very odd mansion.

So far the book is funny and Segal is doing a great job of setting up the mystery. I am not a fan of scary
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A perfect book for a younger audience! The characters, world building and storyline were lovely and well written. Nightmares and traumatic events are always a difficult topic for children. And I think that this book describes and works with these issues really well.
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