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I bought this book for my child based on the reviews. This is a terrible book to read to children who have nightmares or fears of sleeping alone. The book is creepy and the drawings in the book are creepier and not comforting at all. The author probably had good intentions but this book probably gave my son more nightmares. Returning this if possible. Try to look into it a little more before ordering for your child.
Ordered this book because my 3 year old started having nightmares and this book was well rated. Luckily I read the book before presenting it to her because she currently has no concept of something scary in her closet and I imagine this book would have created a new fear in her. I also thought it was weird that the child went to bed with a toy gun and a mini cannon. I know it's a toy gun, but I don't want my daughter to feel like she needs to equip herself with weapons to protect herself from bad dreams.
I ordered this book for my 21/2 year old after a magazine article rcommended it for little ones who are afraid to sleep in their room. I began reading it to my son, without reviewing it first, I was horrified when we got to the page where the little boy in the story shoots the nightmare with a rifle! What kind of message does that send to a child? I cannot believe that this book is recommended to anyone. Please be advised before you spend the money on it. Stick with "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Go Away Big Green Monster."