The Wee Hours


Late, late, late, when you are fast asleep, wondrous things happen.

One by one, small creatures called the Wee Hours come out to play. They dance and clap and sing and create. Their adventures are the things of your dreams.

Wee readers will delight in finding numbers, clocks, and other surprises hidden in the gorgeous artwork on every page of this dreamy book.

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Late, late, late, when you are fast asleep, wondrous things happen.

One by one, small creatures called the Wee Hours come out to play. They dance and clap and sing and create. Their adventures are the things of your dreams.

Wee readers will delight in finding numbers, clocks, and other surprises hidden in the gorgeous artwork on every page of this dreamy book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Middle-grade author Watson (Elvis & Olive) addresses children directly in her debut picture book, a nighttime romp involving four imps who personify the earliest hours of the morning. A sleeping girl, dreaming about a sunny day, serves as a proxy for readers. “The clock struck one,” writes Watson. “The first Wee Hour pulled books from your shelf and read them upside down.... He grabbed the sun from your dream and bounced it high like a ball.” Subsequent Wee Hours—whose apparent ages correspond to their respective hours—release birds, horses, and dinosaurs from the girl’s dreams and make a mess of her room with mischief worthy of The Cat in the Hat’s Thing One and Thing Two. GrandPré’s (Flight of the Last Dragon) luminous pastels convey the rabble-rousers’ infectious enthusiasm and create playful chaos. Older visitors arrive as the clock strikes five, six, and seven; these newcomers help the Wee Hours settle down to sleep and set right the disheveled room, a subtle gesture toward the ways older siblings can help out with the wee ones in their lives. Ages 3–6. Author’s agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Long after a little girl falls asleep, the wee hours fun begins. Each of the wee hours makes his entrance and creates gentle havoc in the sleeping child's room. When One arrives, he pulls books from the shelf and plays his belly like a drum. Two, in her polka dot dress and funky hat, likes to empty drawers, and when Three cartwheels in, he swings from the fan and frees the tiny toy horses. The whirling dervishes that are the wee hours are restrained from their twirling, whirling, leaping, and skipping by the arrival of the older and later hours of Five, Six and Seven. The mature hours put everything back and sing a soothing lullaby to the wee hours, who nod off to a dreamland of their own. Energetic pastels in hues of lavender, blue, and muted yellow are a jumble of sights and sounds that highlight the organized chaos of the room at nighttime. There are surprises to be found as each wee hour makes an entrance. The visually attentive listener can spot the numbers, the changing clock face, and the fact that the successive number is a wee bit older than the previous. All in all, this is a whimsical bedtime treat that will prepare the reader and listener for tranquil dreaming. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In the earliest part of morning, while a child is fast asleep, the Wee Hours come to play. The first one likes to read the child's books upside down, build towers of her shoes, and bang his belly like a drum. The second Wee Hour likes to dance, setting the birds free from the girl's dreams, and treating them to a spellbinding play. The third and fourth hours free the horses and dinosaurs from her dreams while all the others join in, dancing and clapping. There is much celebration until Five O'Clock comes and gathers everyone around for whispered stories, and the sleepy animals and Wee Hours are led back into the child's dreams. It is up to Five, Six, and Seven O'Clock to put her room back in order before she awakes, unaware of the magical adventures that have taken place. Spare text is enriched by GrandPré's wistful illustrations of tiny creatures creating delightful disorder in the youngster's bedroom while she sleeps. These invasive sprites make use of the elements in her dreams to pilot their adventures until the older hours approach and send them off to bed before the sunrise. Dreamy scenes, in warm pastels of lavender and plum, olive, and scarlet depict exciting escapades that will lure young ones to dreamland swiftly, in order to discover whether their own dreams can be equally delightful. A charming book for bedtime and one-on-one sharing.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Children will be tickled to see the wee hours of the morning come to life as irresistible, toddlerlike imps in this whimsical tale. Wee Hours One through Four, all carefully numbered, arrive one by one in a sleeping child's bedroom upon their associated clock-strike (youngsters will eagerly search for the clock in each spread to double-check the time). Each mischief-maker pulls a little something from the slumberer's dreams and incorporates it into playtime: One O'Clock bounces the sun like a ball; Two teaches the birds tricks; Three frees the horses for a jumping contest; Four releases the dinosaurs and leads all the creatures in a parade. All the while, the cat and goldfish look on, but the sleeper is never roused. The text has a cadence that lightly trips along. Luminous pastel illustrations--full-spread, characterized by reassuringly plump, rounded lines and innocently joyful faces, and featuring increasingly free-wheeling, off-kilter perspectives--capture the action. Just when the rumpus seems about to burst right out of the book, Five O'Clock arrives. Like a big brother, he soothes the Wee Hours with stories and back rubs and begins to clean up, aided by Six and Seven O'Clock. Wrapping up on a comforting note sure to set toddlers' heads bobbing, this fanciful vision of what happens in the wee hours is the delightful nonsense of dreams. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423140382
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 681,674
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Watson is the author of two middle-grade novels, Elvis & Olive and Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her wee daughter, Ivy. Visit her online at

Mary GrandPre is the illustrator of numerous children's books, the best known of which include the Harry Potter series. When creating the artwork for The Wee Hours, she was inspired by the glowing, fantastical images in one of her favorite picture books from her childhood, Peter Pan. She lives and works in Florida.

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