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From the Publisher

It's Sunday morning, very early Sunday morning. Anthony and Nicholas are not supposed to wake their parents before 9:45 am. (Whenever that is.) Certainly, three puzzles falling off a shelf isn't enough to wake them. And what about some music or a game of boat in the living room? These wouldn't wake them up, would they?

But when Nick really yells help, the know they're in trouble. Then the boys and their parents discover something they never would have imagined.

About the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; children’s picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself. He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689717024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess my own kids can relate!
Nancy
This is a book I read to my son when he was small and he is now in his 30's!
Wendy
I cannot recommend this story for any audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on February 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wouldn't it be great if our little kids slept in on Sunday morning?! I bought this book because my 2 boys love the Judith Viorst's Alexander books. This one didn't disappoint. My 4 and 6 year old love the illustrations and the mischief the 2 boys in the book get in to when their parents tell them not to wake them on Sunday morning. Of course the kids fight, and make a mess of the house. I guess my own kids can relate!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice B on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 5 year old grandson who is about to become a big brother and who loves to wake his parents on Sunday Mornings. He absolutely loved this book despite the fact that it was written about 40 years ago and doesn't have transformers or robots in it. I have always loved Judith Viorst's writing and it is a joy to pass it along to the next generation.
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The parents come home very late Saturday night. They tell the older boy (unnamed) not to wake up the parents in the morning until 9:45am. The problem is the boy cannot stay in bed. He tries, but finally gets up at 7:00 am. He is bored. So he wakes up his brother Nick. This makes Nick cry and the parents begin to get upset. The boys make lots of messes and noises over the next two hours. Every so often the parents yell through the wall, "Some boys are going to get spanked." They boys play on until the parents finally get upset enough to come downstairs. But they see that it is now 9:45 am and all is well.

The illustrations are done in black shadow with blue and white. They are dark which makes it difficult to see exactly what is going on.

I love Judith Viorst, but I was disturbed by several aspects of this story. First is when the parents come home it appears no one is watching the children. They are supposed to be in bed, but the older boy had been obviously running around before the parents come in the door.

Next is the fact that the older boy takes the name of God in vain several times because, "there are no grown-ups around to tell me don't say God."

I cannot fault the children's poor behavior because they are unsupervised and have energy they need to use. But the parents keep threatening through the wall to spank the children which is a very ineffective tactic. And when the parents do get up, instead of expecting the children to clean up their messes, they all snuggle on the couch like the happiest of families.

This story sets bad examples for children and shows some very poor parenting. I don't find the boys' antics to be funny. I cannot recommend this story for any audience.
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One word: illustrations! The art in this shadow-world storybook is astounding.

Despite having less detail available for facial expressions because the characters are silhouettes with eyes until the last page, the extraordinary movement and personality embedded in these characters is so much more compelling than just the narration itself.

Two little boys, big brother Anthony and little brother Nick, are instructed to let their parents sleep until 9:45 AM Sunday morning. But this is a tall order for a pair of imaginative boys who can't stay still. So much is going on that the boys don't understand as the omnipresent clock ticks away their adventurous morning. The boys behave badly. Hurt each other mildly. Misbehave in realistic ways because no one is there to see them. Get threatened by their parents several times. Make huge, amazing messes--but that's not a blanket, that's water! We're on a boat!

I absolutely loved how the peeks into different rooms of the house were made possible by letting us peer in the cross sections, and how full-bodied and animated the children's expressions were (the drawings depict them using their whole bodies to express themselves), and how deliberately attention-seeking little Anthony is. I love that you could really imagine being in that room with those kids. The last page when the lights turned on was the only one that disappointed me. I kind of liked not knowing what the family's features looked like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Sobel on September 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Three generations in our family continue to be delighted by and relate to the lighthearted mischief of two boys up early while their parents attempt to slumber.
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By Wendy on February 20, 2013
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This is a book I read to my son when he was small and he is now in his 30's! I recently purchased it for our grandson who is 2. It is fun to add your own comments as you review the pictures with your little one. A very funny story. The downside is some of the language which I really had forgotton about. The father in the story tells his children they are going to be spanked if they don't behave. In this day and age, I am not sure if all children know about spankings. Times have changed. Several times the little boy uses the word, God, but does mention he should not say that word when he first says it. Our feeling is we would rather not go down that path and say that word when used out of context and not referring to the Bible. I just think it is important to mention this to reviewers. I am not sorry I bought the book. Just feel the need to change it up.
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