I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

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"A rhyming story that is full of laughs. 'The alarm can ring. The birds can peep....Today's the day I'm going to sleep,' says a lazy boy one morning, and despite a pail of icy water, television coverage, and the arrival of the Marines, he vows to stay in bed—and he does! The repetition of concepts and words will keep children turning the pages, as will the energetic drawings. A sure draw for early readers."—Booklist.  

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Overview

"A rhyming story that is full of laughs. 'The alarm can ring. The birds can peep....Today's the day I'm going to sleep,' says a lazy boy one morning, and despite a pail of icy water, television coverage, and the arrival of the Marines, he vows to stay in bed—and he does! The repetition of concepts and words will keep children turning the pages, as will the energetic drawings. A sure draw for early readers."—Booklist.  

A boy is so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of his morning bed, neither peas and beans nor the United States Marines.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Part of the Beginner Books series, this light piece of whimsy is narrated by a boy in striped pajamas who, with closed eyes, proclaims that under no circumstances will he be getting out of bed and going anywhere. ``I don't choose to be up walking. I don't choose to be up talking. The only thing I'm choosing is to lie here woozy-snoozing.'' The Marines can't raise him, nor can a big brass band. In this everychild's fantasy, the boy takes charge of his own destiny on this particular morning. Stevenson shows the surrounding madcap lunacy, as well as the neat, sublime smile of the narrator recounting his plans. Easygoing and funny fare, not only for beginning readers. Ages 5-8. (October)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 There is no arguing the rich con tributions and enduring popularity of both Dr. Seuss and James Stevenson in the world of children's literature. Despite (or, perhaps, because of) their individual cre dentials, I Am Not Going to Get Up Today is a disappointment. The story of a little boy who refuses to get out of bed holds promise, but Dr. Seuss' rhymes are un even and forced, lacking the natural ca dence and choice of terms so necessary for the success of a beginning reader for mat. Stevenson's identifiable watercolor and ink illustrations are loose and fluid but border on messy. There is not a positive meshing of text and illustration in this book; readers never get the feeling that they belong together. All factors combine to make this book less than satisfying. Laura McCutcheon, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Va.
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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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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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