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Saturday, August 17, 2019

William Wakes Up, words by Linda Ashman and pictures by Chuck Groenink. Disney/Hyperion, Hachette. 2019. $18.99 ages 3 and up

"Wake up! It's spring!
Today's the day -
a special guest is on the way.
Rise and shine! No time to lose!"

One rolls out. Two others

"A special guest? Arriving soon?
I'll tidy up the living room." 

This springtime book should have been posted before today. I hope you will be able to share it as you talk with children about seasons and the changes each brings.

William wakes up, and wants his animal friends to do the same. It's been a long winter and they are expecting someone special. Looking out the window he can see the changes in his surroundings. He calls to his bedmates; only Chipmunk makes an appearance. They begin their baking, soon  realizing they will need help.

"Then Chipmunk conks out on the floor.
"There's way too much for us to do. 
We'd better wake the others, too."

With each excited plea for help, one more animal rolls out of bed - Porcupine helps with the cleaning; Groundhog does the same; Bear helps with decorating the cake. Is there someone else to help? Raccoon sleeps on. Or does he? Will  he miss sharing the cake, and welcoming the visitor? What do you think? And what will assure he does his fair share?

The rhythmic and repetitive text, the counting down of animal friends, the responsibility taken for tasks yet to be done make it special for young readers. The pencil and Photoshop artwork is warm, inviting and expressive. It is a terrific read aloud book for little ones.

If you don't have a copy of William's Winter Nap (Disney-Hyperion, 2017), you might want to check it out, too.

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