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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
My 1st Nightmare by Crystal Connor starts in one of the cutest and wholesome ways possible; five-year-old Tashaun is wide awake during a thunderstorm, and earlier that night he had his first nightmare. The young boy, as frightened as he is of the storm, decides to go over to his big brother's room for a bit of comfort. What started as an innocent inquiry of nightmares and monsters turns into a lesson all packed into a book called The ABC's of Monsters (And What To Do If You See One). Could monsters be real? Quickly we are thrown into a cascade of stories of creatures and beasts from places all over the world.
There is an abundance of imagination involved in Crystal Connor's work. Not only do young readers get an in-depth profile on the monsters in The ABC's of Monsters, but readers are also given very unique anthropological stories revolving around those said monsters. What I found most interesting was that a lot of the monsters featured in Connor's story are quite uncommon and, in turn, it gives the book such a great authentic and original feel. When I said the creatures featured are from places all over the world, I meant it! As a new parent, I search high and low for extraordinary books such as My 1st Nightmare. I don't think there has been a children's author like Crystal Connor in a very long time when it comes to creativity and originality. I would gladly recommend My 1st Nightmare to others.