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  • Posted December 21, 2013

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    About to buy this book for my 7 year old daughter, AGAIN! It's a

    About to buy this book for my 7 year old daughter, AGAIN! It's an easy read for her but she loves it. Unfortunetly she was asked by a substitute teacher to bring in her favorite book. Little did my daughter know it was for secret Santa and that she would never see her book again :(. So here I am. The book is cute; a light read for little kids everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    As adults, we get the joke. As a child, no, it's funny because they win.

    My son (who is five and in kindergarten) borrowed this book from his school library yesterday and we read it for the first time last night. We love funny silly books (e.g, the Elephant and Piggy series), and this one is NOT one of those. Like other one-star reviewers said, this book is about a boy who will not get out of bed no matter what, and I admit that it's funny reading through the drama throughout the book of people trying to get him out of bed. BUT THE ENDING!!! (Scream of a working mom!) The ending is that the mom basically gives up and the child wins the day. He stays in bed. THE END. Are you kidding me? Dr. Seuss must not be a working mom who has to get 2 kids out of bed every morning for school ON TIME. No, I have not lost my sense of humor. I am all for funny witty books and we buy plenty of those. But it's not funny (to the parents) when the story of the book defies the rules or principles that you have in your house---all parents out there know that it takes a tremendous amount of effort and persistent to teach your child good manners and routine. And what they read influence their behavior. This story is not just a fantasy (like other 5-star reviewers) suggest IF YOU CHILD ACTUALLY FOLLOWS THE BOY AND TRIED TO STAY IN BED! Yes, kids are full of energy and wouldn't really stay in bed all day. But for us working families, it's not IF you get up, it's WHEN you get up. This is the worst children's book ever in that it undermines all your effort to create a consistent, orderly, calm morning to start your day. Way to go Dr. Seuss.
    For those who think this is just so funny and those who don't get it need to loosen up, I challenge you to read your child the following books "I am not going to eat my veggies today" or "I am not going to share my toys today" or "I am not going to wear my seat belt today" or "I am not going to wear my helmet riding the bike today." C'mon, it's just a fantasy right? A five-year old knows better!

    Dr. Donald Mitchell, great suggestion about doing a play based on the story, because we all have the time to do that--to re-enact every scene. Oh, wait, but then won't the child has to stay in bed to be just like the story?

    All I know is, we have pleasant mornings before we read the book. We get up, it's sunshine, and we are heading for a great new day. After reading this book last night, the first thing my 5-year-old said this morning was, "I am not going to get up today" and went on for 10 minutes insisting he was going to stay in bed. Then it took me another 10 minutes to explain why it's only a story and he can't really do that and it's not funny staying in bed in reality. This is just great.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Loved it

    My four year old little girl LOVES this book. I am so glad that I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    The Pleasures of Morning . . . Or Are You Serious?

    Do you know any children who like to get up early to go to school? Well, we haven't had one yet in our family. So each morning is quite a challenge. I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! is comic relief for those moments. Let me explain. The book begins with this refrain by a small boy with a dog lying under his bed. 'Please let me be, Please go away, I am not going to get up today!' In the course of the story, the boy resists the alarm, peeping birds, other kids getting up, his mother bringing in an egg for breakfast, noise of siblings, tickling his feet, shaking his bed, pouring cold water on his head, talking by the neighbors, noise by neighbors, sweets, dogs, roosters, goats, geese, the police, publicity in the newspaper, the Marines, and a television crew. He still wants to 'lie here woozy-snoozing.' In the end, his mother brings in a policeman and says: 'I guess he really means it. So you can have the egg.' Have you ever been that tired? I hope not. The book is designed to get lots of great laughs from your child and sympathetic smiles from you as you read the book together. How can it help in the morning? You can do a play based on the book. You can walk in grandly with an egg cup on a tray, and ask whether you should give the egg to the policeman. You can get a tape of a marching band to play. In any event, your fun with this story will turn snoozy mornings into laugh-filled events. And laughter is an excellent antidote to lethargy. I also suggest that you ask your child what the mother should have done. This will be all the clue you need to find out how your child would most like to be awakened. Time to rise and shine! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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