Book Friday: Nightmares!

I have been looking for a good middle grade book for the kids at my library. It seems everyday that I work there, kids come up to me and ask for new books. I do have my go to book suggestions, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, but once they read them…then what?


I loved Jason Segel as an actor so when I was given the chance to read his book, I jumped on it. I’m glad this was introduced to me because I’m definitely going to recommend this to the kids at the library.

Let’s take a look at the Nightmare Series!



  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Nightmares!
  • Paperback: 400 pages

1. His dad married
a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch.
2. He had to move into her purple mansion—the creepiest place in Cypress Creek.
3. He can’t remember the last time sleeping wasn’t a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap.

What Charlie doesn’t know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good night’s sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world . . . well, that’s something only Charlie can face. And he’s going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird.

For good!

Review:  Our main character Charlie can’t sleep. He’s been afraid of his nightmares since his Mom died and his Dad remarried. He’s suspicious of his stepmother because he thinks she’s a witch, the one haunting his dreams. When they move into a purple mountain the lines blur between reality and nightmares and Charlie has to face his fears.

This book dealt with phobias, facing your fears, bullying, and the best part his Charlie wasn’t afraid to ask for help. He had plenty of friends that would face fears with him. Teamwork! The pace was quick and fun. Children will have no problem getting into the first of this series. There is quit some good humor here that will make any child laugh.


nightmare 2

  1) He has a weirdo stepmom who runs an herbarium.
2) He lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the Netherworld.
3) Since they escaped from the Netherworld, he and his best friends have been sleeping like babies.

But Charlie can’t shake the feeling that something strange is afoot. Charlotte’s herbarium used to be one of the busiest stores in Cypress Creek. Now her loyal following is heading to Orville Falls for their herbal potions.
Weirder, though, Orville Falls is suddenly filled with . . . zombies? At least, they sure look like the walking dead. Rumor has it that no one’s sleeping in Orville Falls. And Charlie knows what that means



Review: Charlie and his friends escaped the Netherworld and are finally sleeping at night. But it would seem the whole town can’t sleep. When his Stepmom’s shop loses customers and zombies seem to be mellowing about town, it’s up to Charlie and his friends to save the day..again.

I just love Charlie. It’s great to see the gang back in action. Here is another fun filled adventure of kids trying to save the world. What’s great its that the book isn’t scary but fun and silly. Kids won’t have nightmares reading this book. They won’t want to finish it.

A tonic is given to people who don’t want nightmares anymore and can’t sleep. It’s suppose to help them sleep but what it does it make them more zombie like. Of course Charlie knows something is up so he goes to investigate. I just love how Jason keeps the kids as kids with silly antics and fun adventures. This was a worthy sequel.


This was such a fun, exciting series that kept me at the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what to expect. It seemed like actors are becoming authors left and right wit some books disappointing reads. I was pleasantly surprised at this gem of a series.I highly recommend these books for both kids and adults. Fun and thrilling with jokes that keep kids entertained that they’ll be wanting more. I definitely will be recommending at my library job.

Love Tawney


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