Happy Monday, all!
Today, we're reviewing Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller's latest addition to the Nightmares! series - Everything You Need to Know about Nightmares! And How to Defeat Them.
This is a valuable how-to on everything you need to know about the creepy, crawlies and the truly scary, which will be an invaluable book for fans of the Nightmares! series, and readers who like how-to books.
Published September 12th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Nightmares. They come in all shapes and sizes—from gargantuan lizards to teensy creepy-crawlies. No matter their form, we know all too well, they are truly terrifying. The good news is that every Nightmare, no matter how ferocious, mysterious, or hairy, can be defeated. And this book will tell you how.
Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them is your one-stop guide to battling anything that goes bump in the night. Whether you’re being chased by zombies or stalked by evil twins, this handy book will give you all the tools and tips you need to put your bad dreams to bed for good! Keep a copy under your pillow and you’ll never fear Nightmares again!
It's a smart, organized look at many of the nightmares experienced by the characters of the series, with some random creepy crawlies sprinkled in for good measure - e.g. The Spanish Inquisition. The book is divided into sections, with a background and explanation for why each of these nightmares have made the list, along with pro-tips and ideas on how to fight them.
The writing has Segal and Miller's trademark snarky, sharp tone, with excellent black and white illustrations by Karl Kwasny. Every single time you think Segal and Miller can't surprise you with their fun, sharp approach to a nightmare, they surprise, delight and amuse, with their observations and their matter-of-fact, youth-friendly solutions.
But outside of the nice connection to the Nightmares! series, the book can likely also be viewed as a valuable resource for any young reader who may be struggling with the idea of things going bump in the night. Though the guide is obviously broadly focused on the creatures of the series and a fictional account, it does reinforce to young readers that they're not alone in fearing the dark, and may provide some comfort in helping them figure out ways to combat their fears.
All in all, as how-to guide goes, this one's a winner. Highly recommend, fully stop.
About the authors:
Kirsten Miller grew up in a small town just like Cypress Creek, minus the purple mansion. She lives and writes in New York City. Kirsten is the author of the acclaimed Kiki Strike books, the New York Times bestseller The Eternal Ones, and How to Lead a Life of Crime. Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them is the fourth novel Kirsten has written with Jason Segel. You can visit her at kirstenmillerbooks.com or follow @bankstirregular on Twitter.