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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: Book & CD
  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine; Published by Charlesbridge Publishing edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936140136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936140138
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this on suggestion from a friend who used it for her volunteer work in the schools. As I do the same thing I thought it would be great for 'my' young students as well. It was a hit. This is a book that is great which comes with a CD that even the older generation will not get sick of listening to.
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As a teenager in the 60's, I was rockin & rollin with Neil Sedaka. I ordered the book & CD the same day I heard Neil on the radio promoting the book. I actually "sang" this book along with the CD to my 3 year old granddaughter. When we got to the end, she said "more Nana". By the 4th "reading" she was also singing the words. It was glorious sharing my old music with new words with my grandchild. The artwork is lively and colorful. When we were finished singing, we went through each page slowly and talked about each animal in the story and what they were doing. It was wonderful! Thank you Neil!!
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This book has become a new part of our morning ritual. It helps get the kids up and moving. They actually enjoy getting up now. You must use this book if you have a child who is reluctant to get up in the morning.
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This 2010 book (with CD Enclosed) is a collaboration between singer/songwriter (and one-time teen music icon" Neil Sedaka and Illustrator Daniel Miyares. The song is a reworking of Sedaka's hit (with lyrics by Howard Greenfield) "Breaking up is hard to do", which charted TWICE in both 1962 and 1975! The illustrations show a young member of a family of crocodiles (living in what looks like 1950s suburbia) where all their neighbors are (literally) animals) .

The CD inserted in the back has a Sedaka recording of the title song, plus two other performances, recorded exclusively for this book. The first - "Lightnin' Jim" tells the story of a boy's imaginary fastest horse. (This song could be an illustrated book all by itself.). The second "Sing ", is another Sedaka original and is not to be confused with the hit by the Carpenters. Both of these - in a much slower tempo than "Waking up...." - will be a nice surprise for the parents who buy this book/CD for their young children.

I do wish that the publishers had included the lyrics to the 2 new Sedaka songs - somewhere in the back of the book - so that parents (as well as their children) could follow along.

This book one that children are sure to enjoy and maybe introduce them to Sedaka's five decades or more of recordings.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Wonderful pictures. The CD makes the experience. Even those too young to remember Neil Sedaka will dance and sing to this.
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My wife bought a copy of Neil's book Waking Up is Hard to Do, and fortunately decided to play the CD before sending it off to one of our families with grandchildren.

For me, this song conjured up some of those good childhood memories, but also some not-so-childhood times spent daydreaming and make-believing and learning about friends and love ... and sometimes just being a little bit silly. A time when we were indestructible, everything was possible, and consequences were relatively mild.

There are a few other such inspirations -- the movie "Fandango", for example, and the Annie Little song "Fly me Away" which became well-exposed in the introductory Kindle commercials. "Lightnin' Jim" is right there -- a favorite among favorites.
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We always enjoy a book that we can not only read but sing along to as well. Set to the melody of Breaking Up is Hard to Do, this was a fun read for the whole family. My girls especially loved the illustrations. I don't think alligators are used enough in picture books and it's always fun to see animals come to life with art and animation. This is a great story because sometimes it is very hard for kids or parents to get up and get going. This book helps to remind us why we shouldn't sleep the day away and get up and have fun. I recommend this book to families that enjoy music and books--especially families with toddlers. --Daddy's Girls Book Reviews
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I gave this as a gift last weekend - My niece and nephew (ages 3 and 5) loved this book! They sat surprised and amused when their mom, aunt,and grandmother danced and sang to the title's song on the CD. They will soon love Neil's music as much as we do!
Update: They have memorized this music and love singing it - their grandmother says they give impromptu 'concerts' even when away from the house/book. Awesome book!
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