Worrying about having nightmares can be very distressing for children. According to the Sleep Foundation, 50% of children aged 3 to 6 report getting nightmares. The Night Bear by Ana & Thiago de Moraes, published by Andersen Press, is a reassuring story that sees all the nightmares gobbled up!
Sweet dreams, sleep tight, hope the Night Bear comes tonight…
Did you know that Scary Puppets taste like chicken nuggets? Every evening, the Night Bear goes out looking to find yummy nightmares to eat.
But one night, the bear finds a dream of unicorns and rainbows – yeeeuck! Night Bear doesn’t like the taste, so he sets off to find some children who might like to munch of some happy dreams instead…
The end papers are so much fun. The opening set gives you a step-by-step guide to making a Night Bear’s takeaway food box. The closing end papers are filled with the Night Bear’s favourite snacks and what they taste like (which also rhyme!). Having read the book many times, I think we spend just as long chuckling over the end papers as we do reading the story!
This quirky original story is gorgeously illustrated, and not too scary despite being about nightmares! My little girl liked that the rainbows were shared with all the children and said Night Bear was very kind and funny. I hope that The Night Bear might provide some comforting, lighted-hearted humour to a subject that can often be very worrying to children.
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.