Everyone's Awake
Everyone's Awake
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Everyone's Awake

Written by Colin Meloy & illustrated by Shawn Harris
Published by Chronicle Books
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“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.

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  • 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?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 3, 2020
Text Details
Typeset in Agenda.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were printed in three spot-colors. The original grayscale plates were rendered with India Ink, charcoal and pencil.
Page Count
Reading Age
5 - 8 years

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