Thursday, November 29, 2007

Three Books for Fearful Kids

There's a Nightmare in My Closet
There's an Alligator under My Bed
There Are Monsters Everywhere

Author: Mercer Mayer

Quote: "Dad said there weren't any monsters. But he was wrong!"

Why you should read these books: Written over the space of five decades (one in the 60s, one in the 80s, and one in the new millennium) this trio of books tackles the problems faced by children with overactive imaginations and extremely literal parents. In each story, a young boy, plagued by terrifying creatures who are very real to him, uses his own wits to overcome the threat and make himself a stronger and more self-actualized child. Enduring, crowd-pleasing picture books with excellent messages of self-reliance that still honor the reality of the creative child.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You like your kids clingy.

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