Wake Up Henry Rooster

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On the long list for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration 2007

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Bronze Award (Children's Picture Book category)

Shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award 2007

Chocolate Lily nominee 2007-2008

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

He's no morning...

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Overview


On the long list for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration 2007

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Bronze Award (Children's Picture Book category)

Shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award 2007

Chocolate Lily nominee 2007-2008

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

He's no morning rooster!

Henry's a young rooster who loves to have fun. He plays cards with the goats, listens to moosic with the cows, and pops corn with the pigs. After a long night of fun, however, Henry just can't get up early in the morning. His mom insists

he's not lazy; Henry just isn't a morning rooster. But Henry's father is off to a convention for a week - guess who must take his place and crow the sun up each morning?

Poor Henry. He's just not cut out for this crowing business. But if he doesn't find a way to make it to work on time, the sun won't rise when it's supposed to, the farmer and his wife will be late, and all the farm chores won't get done. They're all depending on Henry. Will he learn to be a morning rooster after all?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Like many human teenagers, Henry Rooster likes to stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning. He loves to play cards with the goats until "all hours of the night" and pop corn with the pigs. Many of the barnyard animals have suggestions and criticisms about Henry's sleeping habits. When his father announces "that boy's lazy!" his mother defends Henry with "He puts in the same hours. Henry's just not a morning rooster." We are shown in the lively, brilliant colored illustrations the numerous things that Henry enjoys doing during the middle of the night; things that leave him too exhausted to get up until late afternoon. Henry's father has to go off on a trip to the Rooster's Union Convention and leaves Henry to do the wake up crowing. On the first morning, Henry's mother manages to wake Henry up long enough to do his duty. On successive mornings it becomes harder and harder for Henry to complete his obligations. Finally, he is so late that all of the farm inhabitants are furious that their schedules are all out of kilter. Henry tries to get several different animals to take his place, but even his loving mother refuses his imprecations with "Hens don't crow." At last he goes to the "wise old goat" for advice. The goat cleverly leads Henry to the realization that he can just stay up all night and wake everyone at the proper moment—just before falling into bed to sleep the day away. Chock full of wonderful inside chicken jokes ( his father gives his mother a "peck" before he leaves, Mom's work includes "pecking up after everybody," and on one late night Henry "horses around" with his equine friends) this look at a different approach to a problem will make a wonderful readaloud. All of the barnyard sounds and the repeated yawning during the middle of Henry's crowing will tickle younger listeners, while the exuberant images of Henry's night time adventures will amuse older listeners, who will "read" a lot through the exceptionally apt illustrations. This is truly one for the author and illustrator to crow about—sorry, just couldn't resist. 2006, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 3 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Henry is definitely not an early bird. His preferred schedule is to play card games with the goats and dance with the cows all night long and then sleep during the day. When his father sets off to attend a Roosters' Union Convention, Henry is left in charge of waking up the farm. Trouble ensues when he sleeps in and his feeble "Cock-a(yawn)-(yawn)doodle-(yawn)do" fails to wake up the sun. Farmyard chaos reigns until the sleep-deprived chicken decides to embrace his circadian rhythm. He stays up later than ever before and just before falling asleep at dawn, he crows with all his might. Cassidy's acrylic illustrations are full of visual humor, from the baggy-eyed, droopy-combed Henry, to his messy coop strewn with Fly magazines and animal posters. The vivid images and well-paced text make this a fun read-aloud.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550419528
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 814,208
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margriet Ruurs is an author of educational material for children as well as many popular picture books, including Emma at the Fair and A Pacific Alphabet. Two previous Emma books, Emma and the Coyote and Emma's Cold Day, won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. Born in the Netherlands, Margriet now lives in a big old house in Oregon, surrounded by chickens, dogs, a peacock, and roosters that wake her up in the morning.

Sean Cassidy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He has written and illustrated a number of titles, including Gummytoes, Wake Up Henry Rooster and Good to be Small, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. His picture book debut with author Stephanie McLellan, The Chicken Cat, resulted in both the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Sean lives near Orangeville, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Inspiring and entertaining

    Wake Up, Henry Rooster! by Margriet Ruurs artfully combines an original story with illustrations from Sean Cassidy to create the fun and entertaining picturebook story of Henry the Rooster's late-night escapades. Following Henry through an original and creative tale as Henry's father leaves for a week to be in a Rooster's Union Convention, leaving poor Henry with carrying out a rooster's responsibility to make the sun come up on time, Wake Up, Henry Rooster! engages its young readers as his late hours activities and lifestyle prove the little rooster unfit for a job requiring him to get up so early in the morning. A welcome addition to any school or community picturebook collection, Wake Up, Henry Rooster! is recommended for children ages 5 to 8 as an inspiring and entertaining tale of a young rooster's ultimate acceptance of his required tasks and responsibilities.

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