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Tiger vs. Nightmare

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,306 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger—that’s not what best friends do.

But Monster needs to scare someone…it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Ti
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by First Second
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Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Totally adorable story of a young tiger and her monster friend who plays with her after eating curry, then fends off tiger's nightmares. The relationship between the two is cute, and the part I found weird about this story is a moose and rhino sitting down to dinner with Tiger's parents (why would prey (moose) want to eat with tigers?). I did like the flying cars everyone seemed to have. And monster and young Tiger were kind of adorable. ...more
Emily Tetri's Tiger vs. Nightmare (one of the 2019 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award honour books) presents a truly charmingly heartwarming graphic novel (meant for beginning readers, but probably not suitable for complete reading novices if they are reading entirely on their own, albeit in my humble opinion Tiger vs. Nightmare indeed is suitable for anyone both young and old), a sweetly encouraging tale about young Tiger and her best friend, a blueish fish-like monster, who not only plays with her an ...more
This was an adorable book about a tiger who has a monster living under her bed. This monster doesn't scare her. The monster scares away her nightmares. I think this book could be a good tool for teaching small children how to deal with nightmares. Tiger and monster's struggles will be very relatable and the picture are fun and colorful. ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-juv
Beautiful artwork accompanies such a sweet and empowering story. Tiger learns how to handle those pesky nightmares of hers!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful fable for families, adults who like to read with their inner children, and anyone who has an imagination that will not behave itself.

What makes it even more special is the world-building. I love the fact that Tiger's mom and dad (or is it dad and papa?) are both mechanics in their shop for flying cars. I love the opening scene of a dinner party with a fox, a deer, and a rhino. I love the quite scary nightmares. I love that Monster has no obvious gender. In other words, it's a very incl
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

We loved this! Tiger vs. Nightmare was an amazing story about friendship and conquering your fears. My son has only recently started believing that monsters lurk in the dark corners of his room, so this book was very applicable to him right now.

However, instead of Monster being something Tiger is afraid of, Monster is her friend that lives underneath her bed. They play together every evening (h
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Simply Amazing. Tiger has a best friend that everyone thinks is imaginary, but Tiger knows better. And his best friend is amazing. He keeps watch at night so Tiger gets a great night’s sleep. His most frightens all the nightmares away. But sometimes a nightmare is just too big, and needs more than one person to make it go away. The story is simple for even the youngest child, but it is the illustrations that make the story so great. The illustrator does an amazing job making some nightm ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story for children age 4/5 to 7/8. My almost 10 year old enjoyed it, even on multiple occasions but it’s not long or involved, so better suited to younger readers.

I won’t summarize, because I’m sure the blurb does that adequately.

The artwork is line drawing and water colors. The tigers have a kind of childish quality to their rendering which makes them quite endearing. It is the combination of illustrations and text that make this book so lovely. It’s in comic book style and t
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What a great book for kids struggling with nightmares. Tiger and the monster under Tiger’s Bed are friends and while Tiger sleeps, the monster friend fights off all the nightmares that threaten Tiger’s dreams...until one night the nightmare is so enormous, Tiger has to help fight it off. All about friendship, facing your fears, teamwork, and not being afraid of the thing under your bed, this is a superb bedtime story for kids with colorful, dynamic artwork.
I stumbled upon this at the library I work at. It's about a tiger ... fighting nightmares... I had to read it.

And it's wonderful and delightful. I really, really enjoyed it. I may just have to buy myself a copy.
I read an ARC via NetGalley. This graphic novel for beginning readers is about a young tiger who works with the monster under her bed to scare away nightmares. The watercolor artwork was evocative, but may be a little scary for picture book readers. However, it is perfect for ages 5-8. Recommended for young readers dealing with nightmares. A quick and cute read.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was amazingly adorable and did a great job with the (scary) parts. The art is on point and the story absolutely melted my heart. Here's to getting help fighting our own demons and here's to learning how to fight for yourself and others!!! ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so adorable. ^.^ Wish I had a monster to fight my nightmares!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! This was adorable! Perfect and cute! I loved it so much!

If you want a book about friendship and conquering fear.. this is it for you.

Also, the artwork is amazing.
Jera Em
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was cute and a lot of fun to read. The solution to Nightmare was also solid and I liked the ally throughout as well as the ambiguity of whether the ally was "real" or not. Worth a read. ^^ ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Really beautiful watercolor illustrations. Plus a sweet story. Those illustrations, though . . . . First Second publishing hits another one out of the park.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun tale about an anthropomorphic family of tigers, with a focus on the young tiger who befriends a monster who shields her from nightmarish monsters who come when the tiger is dreaming.

Parents of younger children should note that the nightmare monsters could be considered quite scary and those children who are particularly sensitive to scary images may not be best served by this book. However, those who want comfort and a good role model who is able to chase the nightmares away may b
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Every adult should gift and read this book to their little ones! Be sure to check out the case cover art.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea Johnston
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man oh man, ladies and gents! This book is absolutely adorable! Filled with themes of best friends, bravery, conquering your fears, and nighttime terrors, this is such a special work that should be on all bookshelves. I think one of the greatest things about this novel is its fresh take on monsters under the bed, and what it means to face your own nightmares. This work could very easily become the new textbook on managing nightmares with children because it is such an exceptional and accessible ...more
Although most youngsters are a bit afraid of what's under their beds, assuming that there must be a monster down there, Tiger isn't worried a bit. After all, she knows there's a monster under her bed, but the monster is her friend. Before bedtime, they pass the time playing games, and then while Tiger is sleeping soundly, her monster protects her from whatever monsters dare to creep into the room. But eventually, Monster faces a monster so intimidating that it will take the two friends to bring ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
Tiger has a monster under her bed. But, it's okay! The monster is her friend. Every night, Tiger brings Monster dinner, the two of them play games, and then Monster protects Tiger all night, keeping nightmares at bay and guaranteeing a good night's sleep. But, one night, a nightmare crops up that even Monster can't scare away, and Tiger has to learn to handle her fears herself.

What I loved about this book is that it's just right for a young audience. Monsters can be friendly and nightmares can e
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
After my five-year-old heard about the book Tiger vs. Nightmare (he watched the tail end of the AMA Awards with me, and this won the Theodor Sues Geisel Honor this year), he would ask repeatedly if it had arrived on our hold shelf yet! This is the perfect book for kids who have older siblings who love graphic novels; this is a graphic novel for beginning readers and my son loved exploring this one on his own and sharing it with the rest of the family (so often it’s the other way around). Loved t ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Graphic novel for younger kids, but the nightmares are scary looking! The monster under tiger's bed helps her by fending off the nightmares until one night when the nightmare is too big and scary and tiger realizes she needs to help to rid herself of nightmares and then both she and the monster can sleep. ...more
Rebecca Davis
Tiger has a friend, a monster, that lives under his bed. His monster fights off the nightmares until he isn't able to anymore. Tiger and monster come up with a solution together. Beautiful illustrations, wonderful story line. Walks the border between a beginner graphic novel and a picture book. Recommend. ...more
Tin Cheung
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Cute story, beautiful illustrations.

Little Tiger has become friends with her nightmare monster, whom fends off other nightmares... until one night, Tiger get a nightmare. What happened to her monster?
Carol Tilley
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, childhood, kids
Love the watercolors and the creative take on a common childhood issue.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable story of a tiger who works with the monster from under his bed to fend off nightmares. He had the power to keep the nightmares away all along!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cute.
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