Nighttime Fantasy Review
- Title: Nighttime Fantasy
- Author: Susanne M. Shields
- Publisher: AuthorHouse
- Genre: Children’s book
- Pages: 21
- Release date: 09/15/2020
- My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
* I was given a copy of this book by the publisher but all opinions are my own.
* This post may contain spoilers.
After the boy is tucked into bed by his mother, he is frightened by the multitudes of monsters who begin to emerge from the dark. Unable to shake the jitters their presence brings, he escapes to his mother’s bedroom and finds comfort and safety in her arms. However, he also begins to wonder why the monsters don’t follow him there.
“‘ Nighttime Fantasy ‘ illustrates a universal fear of monsters associated with darkness that should be easy for kids to recognize…The book may help both parent and child constructively discuss this fear and allow the parent to promote reassurance that the fantasy is only a fantasy, and not reality. ” – Author
Susanne M. Shields based this book on a poem she wrote for her sons, in 1980, to help them deal with their fear of nighttime monsters. The book was created after she found out the nighttime fantasy of monsters was universal. She hopes the book will facilitate a conversation between parents and children that will help the children understand that their fears are not reality and that their parents have experienced the same fears and have been able to move past their fear of nighttime monsters.
I am not a mother but I am an aunt to two young girls. I did read the book to my nieces, and discovered that while both girls found the book enjoyable, one of them had already grown past the fear of nighttime monsters and that my second niece was having issues with the dark but had already had the coversation with her parents and was working on her fear with the aid of a nightlight.
I would like to point out that in my personal experience the book did in fact do what the author wanted it to do. It started a conversation about the fear of nighttime monsters. I was not required to explain that their fears were just fantasy, but we had a conversation about that specific fear none the less. Also both of my nieces found the book enjoyable.
So, my nieces and myself found the book fun to read because it was written well and had nice artwork to look at. We were also able to talk about the book’s topic afterwords because the topic was relatable to children of multiple ages.
Based on mine and my nieces responses I would definately recommend this book to anyone close to a child. It’s relatable and entertaining, with the bonus of being able to start a real conversation. So, whether a child is experiencing a nighttime fantasy of monsters or not I would definately encourage picking up this book. Who knows where the book will lead.