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Jake Stays Awake Hardcover – October 2, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 1—"Unless I can sleep with my parents," says Jake, "I won't close my eyes, and I won't go to bed!" Night after night, his parents resist, then relent. Sleeplessness ensues until mother and father come up with a plan—"We'll sleep with you, son, just not in our bed./Is there some other place we could try out instead?" The sleeping venues he suggests include a steep roof, the staircase, the bathtub, the kitchen counter, three garbage cans, and the family car. Wakeful Jake decides none of these will do as well as his own bed into which he finally tumbles, exhausted. And the moral of the story is: "it's not always fun/to have kids sleep with parents/night after night./But every once in awhile?/Well, that's quite all right." Pleasantly rhyming text is paired with droll, stylized full- and double-page illustrations in bold colors and varying perspectives, and sight gags extend the fun for children and adults. Mom's bedside reading is Passions Harvest; Jake's dog, which appears in every spread, is loyal to the point of hanging onto the edge of the roof by his front paws; and the boy's wide-eyed teddy bear stays clutched in Jake's hand until the very end, when he serves as a sleep mask for the pooch. Endpapers of floating sheep echo the pattern on Jake's pajamas and subtly suggest an alternative method of falling asleep. All in all, a delicious treat of a bedtime book.—Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Pointedly addressed to children who prefer the parental bed to their own, this rhymed chronicle of a restless night has Mom, Dad, and young Jake trying out the roof, the bathtub, trash cans, and other venues in search of an alternative both comfortable and roomy enough for three. Ultimately, Jake comes around to realizing that his own bed isn't so bad. As Wright unconvincingly puts it: "His parents are happy again / with their son, / and everyone's realized / it's not always fun / to have kids sleep with parents / night after night. / But once in a while? / Well, that's quite all right." The illustrations, done in a distinctive cartoon style, feature aerial or skewed perspectives and figures with chinless, thumb-shaped heads; except for his height, Jake looks grown up—which adds another layer of humor, intended or otherwise, to the episode. Peters, John
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1st edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312367978
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With just the right mix of adult- and kid-friendliness, this book addresses the common "issue" of the family bed with sweetness and a whole lot of humor. The illustrations are fantastic, the colors bold and inviting. The verse is just right for a little one's sense of humor and there are amusing details in the pictures for observant eyes to discover. This is the first book by this author/illustrator, but my bet is that Michael Wright will hit the big time soon.
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Wow! If you've been bored reading the same old stories to your kids every night, try this one. It's beautifully illustrated, funny, well-written and most importantly, something that kids will love and you'll enjoy reading. Don't miss all the special comic details added to the illustrations just for us. The story is something we've all dealt with at one time or another and the solution is quirky and unique. Can't wait for Michael Wright's next book.
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Reviewed by Jamie Driggers

Jake has trouble sleeping--when he's alone, that is. And though he can sack out when he's in bed with his parents, they get no rest. Sound familiar?

In Jake Stays Awake, Jake and his parents are in a battle of wits. They can't sleep with him-and he can't sleep without them. Who will win? They'll happily sleep with him anywhere but in their bed (which only has room for two). Can they sleep on the roof? In the kitchen? On the stairs? In the bathtub? The trash? The car? Though Jake's parents seem to be able to sleep, Jake just can't. Is there anyplace he can catch a few zzzzs? And then he thinks of just the place.

Jake Stays Awake is a lively story to which (nearly) every parent can relate. Is there a solution to the family bed? And though I doubt that most parents will be willing to do the gymnastics that Jake's parents go through, most will find the humor in it anyway.

The text has a nice rhyming cadence that, unfortunately, does get clunky a time or two on the read aloud. The illustrations are full page and full color and complement the text well. In fact, they probably make the book. What looks like simplistic characterization, really presents quite a bit of detail that kids and adults will enjoy pouring over to find something to giggle about. All in all, this is a nice picture book debut for Michael Wright.

Armchair Interviews says: Now watch for Jake Starts School.
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My grands absolutely LOVE this book. I have read it to them a million time. Its their favorite book that I own! Its for say, 7 and younger. Also try Jake goes Peanuts, especially if you love peanut butter! LOL
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Jake can’t sleep in his own bed so he sleeps with his parents. In his sheep onesie he crawls into bed with them but now they can’t sleep so they decide they will have Jake pick out places in the house where they can bed down for the night. Jake is quite creative, but not practical as he chooses unique sleeping arrangements like up on the roof, on the stairs, in the bathtub, and in the kitchen where he can snack on donuts all night long. There are a few other places Jake chooses for the family to try but they all have obstacles that must be dealt with and a good sleep is not something the family gets that night. Jake finally has a light-bulb moment one night and he leaves his parents snoring behind as he walks himself to another room as he catches some zzz’s. The story is told in rhyme and I like the font style and the flow of the story. The pictures are cute and the attention to detail is one that children will enjoy. Oh, we can’t forget the dog; Jake’s pup is in on the adventure too.
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By Daphne on January 7, 2012
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This book is a favorite of my children. They love hearing the story - it is easy for them to relate to as they also like creeping from their beds at night. The seller was wonderful as they got us the book in plenty of time for Christmas.
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I am stingy about giving out 5 stars. This book, however, is delightful and deserves all 5. It is easy to read -- not forced like some rhyming books.

It tells a fun story in just the right amount of pages for a young attention span. The illustrations of various absurd sleeping arrangements (kitchen, bathroom, roof, etc) set off giggles in my 5-year-old son. I must admit that I could really relate to the eye-rolling looks on the parents' faces.

It is also sweet with a touch of sassy. For instance, the parents say "We love you , dear Jake, but we can't even doze. How can we sleep with your toes up our nose?" This is of course accompanied by a picture of a contentedly sleeping boy with one foot on each parent's face.

This is one book I don't mind being asked to read again and again!
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My son loves to have me read this book to him. The premise is one he can relate to at 5 - Jake wants to sleep with his parents instead of in his room. His parents agree with his request as long as they sleep somewhere other than their bed. Jake decides to try the roof, the kitchen, the car and even the garbage cans! The rhyming story is really funny and the illustrations are hilarious. And, my son has a good friend named Jake, which makes it even better! This book has become his bedtime favorite. He took it to school and his kindergarten class laughed and laughed as they heard the story and saw the illustrations.
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