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The Sleepwalker Tonic

(Nightmares! #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,925 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the sequel to the hilariously scary New 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 man
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Krista Regester
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The first Nightmares! had me intrigued and hooked from page one. Jason Segel and Kristen Miller mix real world problems with spooky situations and I’m here for it. Unfortunately for me – this one is just not as good as the first. It felt like the entire book was just a maze of confusing questions, riddles, and repeating situations. I really hope they decide to start on a new project, but we’ll see!
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was definitely not the target audience here
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Laird’s life used to be a nightmare. Then he faced his very real Nightmares and saved the day. Now, Charlie’s life is pretty much a dream. He and his stepmom get along better than ever, he actually loves his big purple mansion home, and the nightmares that once plagued him and his friends are gone. But as summer vacation progresses, freaky things start to happen again. His stepmother, Charlotte’s once busy herbarium hasn’t had a customer in days and a competing store in the neighboring t ...more
Suad Shamma
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017
There's no denying I was a huge fan of this entire trilogy. It may not be the greatest or best written book in the world, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable and fun to read. It was exactly what I needed when I read it, and that's what matters.

This book picks up not too long after the first one, with Charlie and his friends almost immediately sniffing out a new problem in a nearby town that may just infiltrate their own and decide to do some investigating. They quickly realize that the people in
"Dreamless Oblivion Can Be Yours
When You Try
Tranquillity Tonic."

This time no nightmares (at least not like the previous book), but something else that is destroying things. Namely a potion, something that makes people think it is a potion for sleeping as people have had some problem sleeping, but actually it turns people in brain-dead beings. Sleepwalkers. And they were quite creepy. These people are not dreaming, or having nightmares. No, they are just in some weird state. And you can imagine
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
These are really fun. I definitely don’t think I’d be reading them at all if the audiobooks weren’t narrated by Jason Segel (I have a major weakness for celebrity audiobooks,) but I’m glad I gave them a shot.

If you’re a fan of Jason Segel, I think you’ll like the audiobooks too. I really like when I can tell that the person narrating the audiobook is having a ball; this is why Katherine Kellgren’s so fabulous. Segel’s clearly enjoying himself immensely, getting to do all sorts of silly voices.

Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-library
Charlie Laird, his brother Jack and friends are back in this brand new adventure. When people from the town of Orville Falls mysteriously become sleepwalking zombies, Charlie and the gang investigate and find out that someone is destroying both the Nether and Dream Realm. Can they stop this dark force before their worlds of sleep cease to exist and the town of Cypress Creek become a target next? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great follow-up to the first Nightmares book by Jason Se
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting sequel, and I liked this more than the previous book. This one ends with a cliffhanger, though. The story involves a tonic, zombielike sleepwalkers, feelings, family, and dreams. There is also some humor, and the mystery was interesting. I didn't expect what happened. ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-owned, 2015
these books are fun. Jason is a great narrator!
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it just as much as book one! Definitely had my imagination going. Excited to start book three!!
This is the second book in the Nightmares! series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller.

I accidently started listening to this book first and realized quickly that I'd made an error. The second story begins immediately after the first ends and the series really needs to be read in order to make any sense.

The story is not so much scary as it is a declaration that only hope can overcome despair. In addition, I suppose it's also a critique of looking to miracle medicines to fix our medical issues.

Ashley Mustard
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkladyash
Not as good as the first book but still cute and weird
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! Usually when it comes to children's books/middle grade books, I find myself unimpressed by the writing style (too juvenile) and the characters (too whinny) but I have to remind myself "hey, these books are written for a younger audience" so my expectations have to be lowered a bit. It wasn't until I discovered Nightmares! that I realized children's books can be entertaining, fun, and heartwarming all at the same time. Yes, there is a bit of cheese here and there but it is s
Waffles - Kelsey
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Go to sleep my baby rock-a-by
Mama's gonna sing you a lullaby
All about the angels that watch over thee
Go to sleep sweetie and dream in peace."

This is normally how most people get their kids to sleep. They sing a little lullaby, they rock the baby's in their arms, they read a story....whatever it takes to get their children to sleep.

That is until the children and the adults start seeing eyes in their dreams that have turned into nightmares?

And what if all those great techniques, don't work anymor
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! The Sleepwalker Tonic is the follow up to Nightmares, the first book in the series. Charlie and his friends spend most of this story in the waking world trying to figure out why the inhabitants of a neighboring town are behaving like zombies. They soon discover that the dream and nightmare worlds are at risk of being destroyed as well. Charlie, his friends and family must work together to find out who is behind it all and how to stop them.

Not everything was resolved in this
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, own, middle-grade
Deftly avoids the "sophomore slump" by starting right in to a new, strange mystery.

More time is spent exploring the waking world in this one, and having Charlie and his little brother Jack work with their stepmother and their friends. It's a very fun dynamic, which provides good fodder for snappy dialogue and plenty of action. This one also includes some more nuanced subplots-- the family is in financial trouble, Charlie is jealous of Jack, and their dad is still oblivious to what's going on. T
Mark Buxton
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure you need to read the first book in the series, but I highly recommend it. It will provide background knowledge that will help you understand the plot and characters in this book. The Netherworld is where our nightmares live, and we learn to face our fears. This book deals with real feelings and focuses on the conflict between hope and despair. The plot makes those feelings very important to the events in the story, but it includes many other subplots and character relationships. I l ...more
Annika De
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd been waiting to read this book because I wanted to read it all at once, and it was just as delightful as I expected. What I loved about this book (and the first book in the series) is that Jason Segel so clearly remembers what it is like to be a child. Reading this book, I felt emotions that I hadn't felt since childhood. The story conjures up memories of being jealous of a sibling, facing fears for the first time, and the ever-present desire to be someone special. It's a beautiful story wit ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
My daughter asked me to read the first two books of this series and at first I thought...oh do I have too??? However, I found that they were pretty enjoyable. I like the fact that it's teaching the kids to face their fears and in doing so realizing that they may not be as bad as they seem. I think for a 12 year old, it's a pretty good read and she certainly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the third book (me either ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Highly recommend it to anyone! Can't wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next!!! ...more
Jennifer Girard
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This series is such a fun one! I would have LOVED it when I was a kid! The audiobook are very good also, they are narrated by Jason Segel. I'm excited to read the last book but at the same time I don't want to leave Charlie and everyone else!
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one day. Really enjoying the series so far!
Hope Elizabeth Anderson (HopelessBookAddict)
Super cute but prefer the first so far.
Debbie Killingsworth
Just as cute as the first! Worth reading.
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Segel and Miller once again enchant young readers as they return to their wholly creative and entertaining world of Nightmares! in the latest sequel, The Sleepwalker Tonic. When we last left Charlie and the gang, we learned that nightmares exist in a place called the Netherworld and Charlie, his brother Jack and their stepmom Charlotte are the last guardians tasked with protecting the portal between the Nethe
Pop Bop
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Worthy, Entertaining Sequel

This is the second of Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's "Nightmares!" books. The third, "Nightmares! The Lost Lullaby", should come out in September. The first book wrapped up without a cliffhanger, but did leave open the possibility of further adventures. This one picks up shortly after the events of Book One, and features the same central characters and practically all of the familiar supporting characters. (While there is no cliffhanger as such, the epilogue here d
Vi (like the letter)
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, arcs
Well, this book has restored my faith in the series and in Segel’s writing skills. The Sleepwalker Tonic was considerably better than the first book. The story was more engaging and interesting. The characters were more endearing and entertaining. The scare factor, just a tad scarier. I loved it. With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect holiday read.

The pacing was SO much better this time around and I loved that we basically jump right into the focus of the book. It just made
I really liked this book. I was especially pleased to find that my worst nightmare (at least, one of them: (view spoiler) *shudder*) was in the Netherworld, but they were only mentioned. And as they were never mentioned with fear and only seen from a distance, I survived the reading without having a panic attack. Yay!!!

This story sees Charlie confident and happy, no longer having nightmares of his own and settled in to life with his new stepmother. But sadly,
Lorelei Miller
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series. As such this review may contain spoilers for the first book. If you want to read my review of the first book you can find it here.

Charlie Laird is a fairly average not quite teenage boy. He has an annoying little brother, an average dad and an absolutely weird stepmom. He lives in a giant purple mansion with a tower. The tower houses a portal to the Netherworld, the world of nightmares. Most people only visit the Netherworld in their sleep during a nightmare,
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picking up where Nightmares! left off, the Laird brothers are on a mission to end an epidemic created by what used to be two little twin girls ICK and INK. Will they be able to do it?
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New York Times bestselling author Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he's learned that the things we're most afraid of are the things that can make us strong...if we're brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars ...more

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