Waking Up Is Hard to Do

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A unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Neil Sedaka, one of the most popular songs in music history becomes one of the most delightful children's books ever.

Rise and shine! It's morning time. The alarm clock's ringing, the birds are singing. Everything's saying: get up, get going! Breakfast is warming, school is calling. The street's are bustling, all the world is stirring.

It's sure to be a happy day with this bright and sunny picture ...

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A unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Neil Sedaka, one of the most popular songs in music history becomes one of the most delightful children's books ever.

Rise and shine! It's morning time. The alarm clock's ringing, the birds are singing. Everything's saying: get up, get going! Breakfast is warming, school is calling. The street's are bustling, all the world is stirring.

It's sure to be a happy day with this bright and sunny picture book and CD, with new lyrics based on the hit song by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Daniel Miyares's delightful art opens the eyes with its vivid colors, playful details, and adorable collection of animal characters.

And to make waking up just a little easier, there’s a CD with Neil Sedaka singing this happy song, plus two new songs with lyrics and music by Neil written especially for this CD: LIGHTNIN' JIM and SING.

Warm and friendly and full of fun, this is a musical and visual celebration of the everyday joys of home, family, and neighborhood.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Don't you cry and don't be blue,/ Wakin' up is hard to do," reads veteran singer-songwriter Sedaka's upbeat adaptation of the 1962 chart-topping tune, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," which he wrote with Howard Greenfield. As in the original version, the new lyrics are repetitive, but plenty jaunty, too; there are some stumbles in logic, as when Sedaka invites readers to "Just listen to the birdies sing,/ And the flowers that await the spring." With half-lidded eyes, a young alligator struggles through his morning routine--brushing his many teeth with an oversize toothbrush, before heading downstairs for breakfast and out to the school bus, finally ready for the day ahead. Miyares's funky cartoons are peppered with fun details: during the gator family's boisterous breakfast, the text reads, "Wear a smile, don't you be blue," and while the alligator doesn't take this advice, his bacon and eggs do. Though the electric artwork tends to be quite literal, it certainly captures the brightness of a new day. Sedaka performs this song and two others on an accompanying CD. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
This book, I believe, was written for me! Adults and children alike will appreciate the remake of the old classic song, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," particularly those adults and children who find it hard to get up in the morning. Through the lyrics and the illustrations, Sedaka, Greenfield, and Miyares guide a child lovingly through the getting-ready-for-school routine, including dressing, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, and trying to catch the bus. The crocodile family portrayed, along with other community animals, add a fun touch. Additionally, the bright colors will help children want to wake up and enjoy their day, as will the up-beat music on the accompanying CD. Another benefit of the CD is that parents or grandparents who do not remember the tune well enough will have some good back up to help their young ones catch on this old classic. And even those who have not heard the original song will pick up on the catchy beat. Curiously, the second song is about a child's dream, which, though a nice song, may not help a child wake up—rather might make them long for dream-time again. The third song, however, is a good any-time song about the joy of music and singing. Reviewer: Heidi Quist
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Grammy-award winner Sedaka has rewritten the lyrics of his 1962 and 1975 chart-topping tune to create this child-pleasing book. The alarm clock is ringing, birds are singing, breakfast is warming, and school is calling. The repeated chorus, "Wakin' up is hard to do," will allow children to chime in. There are some breaks in the rhyme pattern, but overall the lively nature of the lyrics will keep kids engaged. A young alligator moves through his morning routine of brushing his teeth with a large toothbrush, going downstairs for breakfast, and catching the school bus while still fighting the sleep in his eyes. The charming art has fun details and an adorable cast of animal characters. Family portraits in the stairway and the smile created from bacon and eggs at breakfast are pleasant extras for those who pay close attention to the illustrations. A CD includes the title track as well as two new songs: "Lightnin' Jim" and "Sing."—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936140138
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Book & CD Series
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 265,138
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Sedaka

The history of rock ’n’ roll would be incomplete without the innumerable contributions of Neil Sedaka.

Sedaka began studying music at the age of nine, and later catapulted to stardom with hits such as "Oh Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and especially "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." His songs "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain" both reached #1 on the music charts.

He has written over a thousand songs, received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together," has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his fifty plus year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records. But he does not rest on these laurels: he continues to write, record, and perform worldwide. Sedaka has been married for over forty-five years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren.

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    both Grandson and Granddad love dinosaurs...really cute book

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