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Are You Awake? Hardcover – May 24, 2011

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Edward can’t fall asleep, and like most children, he has a million questions burning to be answered even though it’s way past his bedtime.

In this funny picture book about the all-familiar bedtime negotiations between child and parent, Edward and his mother talk about everything from yellow dogs to corn on the cob. Most children (and parents) will recognize themselves in this gentle ode to bedtime.


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“…kids and their parents will find plenty to identify with in this witty tribute to the world of” ―BCCB

“A quirky gem.” ―People magazine

“Small in size and big in tenderness, this sweet book will be widely enjoyed.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED review

“This a solid candidate for the favorites pile.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Adults will find the book funny and amazingly true-to-life, while kids may recognize themselves, especially in Blackall's pictures of Edward romping around on the bed, sitting on his mom, draping himself over her, then snuggling up close.” ―The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely bedtime book that is sure to resonate with parents and kids alike. It's told in the form of a conversation between a small boy and his mother, starting with those infamous words "Are You Awake?" It's a situation every parent has been in - it's 4:00 am and your little one can't sleep and has a million questions. The author perfectly captures the voice of a young child who insists on asking questions like "Why are the stars still out?", "Why hasn't the alarm clock rung?" or "Why is the moon still out?" The patient mom answers every time "Because it's still nighttime".

The illustrations are whimsical and expressive. The boys eyes are often luminous in the dark, and the mom's bleary eyed responses are accurate and endearing. The colors are muted as befitting a bedtime book, and the small size only adds to the feeling of an intimate little story best shared by parent and child. This is a perfect choice for any young child's personal bedtime collection. Recommended.
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I thought this book was going to be a lot cuter than it is. Really it's just an annoying kid asking questions the whole time. My son is too young to know what I'm even reading so we'll see if he likes it when he gets older. It's definitely not my go to book on the shelf though.
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Edward is awake. It is nighttime. He wakes his mother up and engages her in conversation for a long time until he finally falls back to sleep. His dad arrives home at the break of day after working all night as a pilot and goes straight to bed. Edward tries to wake his dad up at the conclusion of this story.

This story will be a familiar one to parents of young children. Parents will be able to appreciate its realism.

"Mom?

Mmm?

"What does your face look like when you're asleep?

I don't know.

Why don't you?

Because I can't see.

Why can't you see?

Because it's dark...."
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A young boy snuggles in bed with his mother and waits for morning, though it seems that nighttime will never end. His father, a pilot, is flying a plane through the night sky. The boy asks question after question of his mother until he finally falls asleep, just in time for the sun to rise and his father to arrive back home. This lovely book, for children ages 2-5, will be especially useful for those who sometimes cannot sleep.
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We have enjoyed this book several times when borrowed from the library and now have purchased it for a gift. Such a sweet story! Love Sophie Blackall's illustrative style as well.
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