Reviews for Una pesadilla en mi armario / There's A Nightmare In My Closet


Criticas Reviews 2007 April
PreK-Gr 2-This tale of a boy afraid of monsters in his closet has certainly stood the test of time. First published in English in 1968, it has been rendered into Spanish at least as far back as 1982, as well as in this newer translation in 2001. Determined to rid himself of his fears, the boy keeps his popgun, his toy soldiers, and a toy cannon at hand to face down the nightmare. But, when shot, the nightmare begins to cry, and the boy has to tuck him into his own bed to calm him down. Mayer's illustrations are detailed pen-and-ink compositions overlain with color washes, mixing the realism of the boy's room and the fantastic goofy and comic monsters. González's translation is smooth, hewing close to Mayer's short sentences and swift forward movement.--Coop Renner, formerly at Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Criticas Reviews 2002 September-October
PreS-Gr 1-In this classic Mayer tale, originally published in 1968 in English (Dial Books for Young Readers), a boy shoots at the nightmare monster in the closet that scares him at night. The monster starts to cry and the boy, afraid that the monster's sobbing will wake his parents, tucks the monster comfortingly into his own bed. The story moves along quickly and does a wonderful job of playing on the typical child's nighttime fears. Mayer's illustrations are wonderfully ridiculous, depicting the gap-toothed monster in all his terrifying, but ultimately endearing, ugliness. The translation is well done. Since this story will appeal to both preschoolers and beginning readers, it is a fine choice for libraries and bookstores. For another monster-taming tale try Maurice Sendak's Donde viven los monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are, HarperCollins, 1996).Rebecca Thatcher Murcia, Akron, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Criticas Reviews 2007 May
PreK-Gr 2-This tale of a boy afraid of monsters in his closet has certainly stood the test of time. First published in English in 1968, it has been rendered into Spanish at least as far back as 1982, as well as in this newer translation in 2001. Determined to rid himself of his fears, the boy keeps his popgun, his toy soldiers, and a toy cannon at hand to face down the nightmare. But, when shot, the nightmare begins to cry, and the boy has to tuck him into his own bed to calm him down. Mayer's illustrations are detailed pen-and-ink compositions overlain with color washes, mixing the realism of the boy's room and the fantastic goofy and comic monsters. González's translation is smooth, hewing close to Mayer's short sentences and swift forward movement.--Coop Renner, formerly at Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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