Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! is for children 3 and
up, especially those who have bad dreams or nightmares.
It both entertains children and also gives them the tools
they need to understand their dreams and the feelings
that cause them. It also provides parents with loving and
effective strategies for responding to children who wake
them in the night with bad dreams. The essence of the
story is a progression in which Joey, an adorable
kangaroo, goes from believing in and being tormented by
his bad dreams to understanding that he is their author.
By the fourth and last dream, Joey can recognize by
himself that certain of the day's events stimulated him
to create an unpleasant experience for himself in his
sleep. As a result, he goes peacefully and confidently
back to sleep without needing to be helped by his