Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Are You Awake?

Are You Awake?

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by Sophie Blackall
     
 

Edward can't fall asleep, and like most children, he has a million questions burning to be answered even though it's way past his bedtime.

In this funny picture book about the all-familiar bedtime negotiations between child and parent, Edward and his mother talk about everything from yellow dogs to corn on the cob. Most children (and parents) will recognize

Overview

Edward can't fall asleep, and like most children, he has a million questions burning to be answered even though it's way past his bedtime.

In this funny picture book about the all-familiar bedtime negotiations between child and parent, Edward and his mother talk about everything from yellow dogs to corn on the cob. Most children (and parents) will recognize themselves in this gentle ode to bedtime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Blackall's account of a very early morning conversation between Edward and his exhausted mother will not reform early risers, but they may recognize themselves. Blackall (Pecan Pie Baby), in her authorial debut, has the circular nature of drowsy parent-child exchanges down: " 'Why are you asleep?' 'Because it's still nighttime.' 'Why is it still nighttime?' 'Because the sun hasn't come up yet'.... 'Why are the stars still out?' 'Because it's nighttime.' " Her palette starts out gray, warming to sunlit yellow as the bedside clock hands rotate and dawn breaks. Dialogue moves from speech balloons to type and back again, while watercolor panels offer affectionate closeups of Edward, his mother, and night scenes from their apartment window. Edward's antics hit the mark (he sits cheerfully on his mother while she holds a pillow over her head, drapes himself over her body sideways, and gazes at her with love throughout), while Blackall's arch voice (" 'Is Daddy awake?' 'I hope so.' 'Why do you hope so?' 'Because he's flying a plane' ") makes this a solid candidate for the favorites pile. Ages 2–5. (May)
From the Publisher

“…kids and their parents will find plenty to identify with in this witty tribute to the world of” —BCCB

“A quirky gem.” —People magazine

“Small in size and big in tenderness, this sweet book will be widely enjoyed.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review

“This a solid candidate for the favorites pile.” —Publishers Weekly

“Adults will find the book funny and amazingly true-to-life, while kids may recognize themselves, especially in Blackall's pictures of Edward romping around on the bed, sitting on his mom, draping himself over her, then snuggling up close.” —The Horn Book

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"Mom?" The question hangs as a word bubble in the dark, beginning the insatiable inquiries of a curious youngster. "Why aren't you awake?" asks Edward. "Because I'm asleep," responds his mother. "Why are you asleep?" he retorts. "Because it's still nighttime." Most of the Q & A's appear on the versos in different colored fonts so it's always clear who is speaking, and the opposite pages feature Blackall's charming artwork done in Chinese ink and watercolor. Attentive readers will notice the clock displaying 4:00 AM. In light of his persistence, the child's mother becomes more alert and the circular narrative begins to speak of Edward's father, who is a pilot, and explores the boy's love of the color yellow. As the questions unfold, the once gray-toned room slowly becomes illuminated with the creeping morning sun to a golden yellow. Once the sun is up, Edward is finally asleep just as Dad arrives home. Small in size and big in tenderness, this sweet book will be widely enjoyed.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

The titular question sparks a conversation many parents will find very familiar.

Edward peppers his mom with question after question—nothing unusual about that. Problem is, it's 4:00 a.m. Sleepy circular logic results from the combination of Edward's repetitious, 30-plus queries and Mom's patient, bemused answers. When "Why hasn't the sun come up yet?" is posed for the fourth time, she switches from allusions to moon and stars to a perfunctory "Because it's Tuesday." We learn that Dad is a pilot flying at night—one source, perhaps, of the little one's restlessness. Blackall provides visual indicators that invite children to track the passage from night to morning. Color alters gradually from the bedroom's dusky grays to the golden light suffusing the room at sunrise. An analog clock shaped like a green owl marks the hour in some spreads. Just for fun, apparently, in a corner of the verso pages, Edward's roly-poly toy elephant cavorts before succumbing to zzzzs. The boy's dialogue is in lower case, while Mom's is proffered in gently emphatic caps. As she wakes fully, Mom poses a few Qs of her own, then opines about yellow things. Edward finally slumbers, Dad comes home—and a last spread promises more "Why?"s.

Diminutive in size—just right, really, for a midnight conversation—and pleasantly sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805078589
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,254,171
Product dimensions:
7.47(w) x 7.89(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Sophie Blackall has illustrated many books for young readers, including Jumpy Jack & Googily; Wild Boars Cook; and Meet Wild Boars, for which she received the Founder's Award for Illustration given by the Society of Illustrators. She is also the illustrator of the popular series Ivy and Bean. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her two children.

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