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Children's LiteratureLike 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.