“A wakeful house with ambitious and multi-talented inhabitants takes center stage in this fresh take on a bedtime book that turns the genre on its head.”
In a somewhat calm beginning, the lighthouse home sits upon the water with its spotlight piercing the night—a perfect foreshadowing of the all-nighters inside lighting up the night with their frantic pace. The first peek inside the home is the midnight-blue room with a child snuggled in bed, the bright glow from outside the door creeping in along with the sounds of its wakeful residents. Throughout the house are different scenes—“Grandma’s at her needlework. Dad is baking bread.” Things quickly escalate in pitch and grandeur of exploits, creating a random conglomeration: a sister is trapezing, and Grandma’s playing “whist with long-dead Grandpa Paul.” After a nighttime packed with unusual things, morning’s light shines through the window, illuminating the now quiet, sleepy crew. Impressive vocabulary and lyrical cadence are dappled with an array of arbitrary references (e.g. a coup d’etat, reciting Baudelair and Condorman), making this read most enjoyable for comprehending adults, though unknown vocabulary also simply adds to the explosion of activity portrayed in the house for younger minds. The illustration style matches the feverish pitch of the text, set in nighttime colors (that feel inappropriately wakeful) and blasts of yellow light. This eclectic, quirky, and random book made by award-winning creatives breaks up the traditional bedtime genre with its lack of sleep and unusual content.
A silly and sublime bedtime book from the New York Times bestselling children’s book author Colin Meloy.
Giggle your way to sweet and silly dreams! A simple goodnight routine turns marvelously madcap in this cleverly rhymed picture book. Instead of settling down to sleep, Dad bakes bread, Mom fixes the roof, and Grandma plays cards with a ghost. And between the dog, the cat, Sister, and Brother, there’s at least three different wars being waged! A modern classic perfect for read-aloud fun and bedtime alike.
• A wildly fun read-aloud book for families • A laugh-out-loud book perfect for any child who struggles with getting ready for bed • Written by the lead singer of the Decemberists, the silly and clever rhymes make Everyone’s Awake fun for both parent and child.
This book is full of people wide awake who should be in bed asleep. Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? What things do you do to calm yourself down in bed and help you fall asleep?
The family in this book is busy with a bunch of different tasks keeping them from bed. What activities keep your family up past their bedtime? If you’ve ever gone to bed late, how does it make you feel in the morning?
For my ever wakeful family.
“It’s a rollicking read-aloud, but inconsistent line breaks may cause some to slip up upon first reading. Pop-culture references pep things up and range from the stodgy (Sinatra, “Clementine”) to the very contemporary (poke tattoos, the film Condorman), though the conceit drags on a bit too long.”