This is a wonderful child rearing tool for when children are frightened by nightmares.
Bob Spear
Editor and publisher of Heartland Reviews


Kid Lit Review

Sue Morris

Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! is the author’s first children’s book. She has a PhD and more than 35 years helping parents and kids. Dr. Heineman Peiper understands dreams and psychology of the mind. This shows in her writing. Do not be alarmed or afraid your child will not understand the story. The author has written a charming book with a rudimentary explanation young children will be able to grasp.

I wish I would have Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! when I worked with kids. The story is engaging and visually appealing. This is not a message book. Joey is not dealing with anything right or wrong. The story helps parents and kids deal with a terrifying experience—nightmares. The story offers kids empathy through the parents. How wonderful is it that Daddy is handling things, helping his son understand what is happening?

Of the many books I have read, and those lined up to read, this is only the second with an involved father. I like that Daddy is the involved parent. Mommy is not out of the picture. She is right by daddy’s side offering comfort and reassuring hugs. She helps Joey understands his anger, caused by a perceived loss of attention, did not mean he no longer loved his mommy and daddy.

Your child will adore the many characters in the illustrations. If your child experiences nightmares, he or she will adore Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! for the easy to learn technique that will have them once again peacefully sleeping all night. If a bad dream should occur, your child will have the steps needed to figure out why such a dream disrupted their sleep. Knowledge is power. Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! can give your child the power to calmly deal with bad dreams, through Joey’s story.

Norm Goldman, Editor and Publisher

The majority of children's picture books follow a common pattern of presenting more than one theme, one of which is overt while the other is an underlying or a teaching message. With Martha Heineman Pieper's Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! the primary story focuses on Joey, a bouncy, happy Kangaroo that is having a series of nightmares, which, as she demonstrates, can be attributed to various common happenings in a child's life such as sibling rivalry, being sick, having to go to bed, and having a dispute with a good friend. Incidentally, as Heineman points out in an interview I conducted with her, there are very few children's books dealing with the topic of bad dreams and those that do exist don't really deal with it in a serious manner.

Heartland Reviews

Bob Spear, Editor and Publisher

This is a wonderful child rearing tool for when children are frightened by nightmares.. A young kangaroo, Joey, awakes and runs to his parents’ bed to tell them of his bad dream. Each time he does so, his parents reassure him and walk him through a logical process that focuses on remembering what he may have done or experienced earlier that could have caused the bad dream. Eventually, he doesn’t need to run to his parents any longer, but goes through the same process on his own, feels reassured, and goes back to sleep. This process gives a child much more control over his life.