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Mercer Mayer
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Una Pesadilla En Mi Armario

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  14,250 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
The pesky nightmare in the closet won't stay in there at night, even with the door closed all the way. When he gets out, what do you do? Comfort him and put him to bed, of course! The ultimate afraid-of-the-dark story has helped generations of kids deal with the nightmares in their own closets.A perennial favorite.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2001 by Kalandraka Editora Sl (first published 1968)
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Luca Ambrosino
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (There's a Nightmare in My Closet) / ITALIANO

«There used to be a nightmare in my closet. Before going to sleep, I always closed the closet door»
Winner of the Andersen Prize foer the year 2016, I got my eye on this illustrated story at the Naples Book Fair (2018), and it hit me. My wife saw me looking at this book greedy when I was at the fair, so a few weeks later she gave it to me. With the blessing of my daughter, of course.

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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Just in time for sure to check before you go to bed!
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
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-petites
Another favorite from my childhood. Mayer's illustrations are every bit as enchanting as Sendak's and it is a sweet little story to boot!
Cindy Kelly Benabderrahman
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jennifer B.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These nightmares are cute!
“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
Maria Reyes
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
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
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
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone afraid of monsters ☺
Recommended to booklady by: Mamie
Booklady had the supreme pleasure yesterday of having an adorable, adoring little three year old girl to read to! Not only was she cute, well-mannered and an absolute joy to be around, but she wanted me to read to her! Twist my arm... Not!

There's a Nightmare in My Closet is a fun story about a young child who decides to tackle nighttime monsters head-on. A simple, humorous tale about making friends with fear.

Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ages-4-8, storybook
"There's a Nightmare in My Closet" is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer. The story is about the fear that a young boy has of the dark and how he believes that a monster is living in his closet. Every night, before he goes to bed, the boy makes sure that the closet door is shut tight, if it is left open, the nightmare will be able to come out and torment him throughout the night. One night the boy becomes tired of being scared and cowering under his sheets, so he s ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story about a little boy who is afraid of the nightmare in his closet, but it turns out that the nightmare is afraid of him!
Text-to-Self Connection
As a young child I remember my parents reading There's a Nightmare in My Closet to me one night before moving into my own bedroom. I was so afraid that I would have something in my new closet. My mom and dad reassured me there was nothing in my closet. I kept asking them if the nightmare was going to wear my clothes and play with my toys when I was asleep. This is a classic book that I would share with the kids in my own classroom.
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
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Smither
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining fantasy with a unique role reversal, it shows that sometimes monsters just need a hug.
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
Jenny Wu
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, one little boy talks about the monster hiding away in his closet. Every night, before going to bed, he makes sure to close the closet door to keep the nightmare away. The monster is scary, and the little boy is only sometimes tempted to peek at the closed door. Then one night he decides to confront the monster, only to realize that not all are as they seem.

I thought this was a great book! The story is very relatable. The main character is a little boy is admirable in his decision t
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
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
Nicole G.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young boy is trying to go to sleep, but there is a monster in his closet. After nights of shutting his closet door in fear and crawling into bed with weapons at the ready, he decides that he needs to face his nightmare. And Nightmare, it turns out, is a wimpy crybaby!

Mercer Mayer is the creator of the Little Critter series for emerging readers. This is an earlier work but still has several copies available at the library. It’s a good one-on-one read, especially for children who are afraid of
Alright I cave-in and gave this book an extra star due to the nightmare. He was kind of ugly yet cute enough while completely pitiful towards the end. As the little boy comes to the conclusion - how can you be scared of something that you can make cry.

By this point in re-reading old childhood favorite stories I have noticed that a bunch of the books are from the same author. What a change from authors found in this time while I can understand why it may be hard for parents to find good healthy
Tammy Knowles
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer is about a little boy that thinks there are monsters in his closet so he's afraid to go to bed at night. As soon as the lights are out the monster sets out to taunt the little boy, once he's had enough the boy decides to fight off the monster and get rid of him once and for all. This is a great storybook for younger children about conquering their fears.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up with this book so this is many memories for me. I like that at first he was scared of his nightmare in the closet but at the end he is the one telling him it will be okay. It is what every parent hopes will happen when their child goes through the monster in the closet deal. You can use this to help ease and teach your own child not to be afraid.
Alicia Bayer
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in a children's lit class in college before I even had children, and I loved it so much I bought it for my future kids then! I absolutely adore the darling illustrations and the loveable monster(s).
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-children
Really clever and fun with great art.
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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