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Stay up Late (Picture Puffin books) Paperback – October 30, 1989

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From Publishers Weekly

Kalman's paintings accompany the words to "Stay Up Late," the Talking Heads song. The action in this book is all in the pictures. A girl and boy somewhat cruelly entertain themselves by preventing their baby brother from sleepingyanking and tossing him, pulling his hair, blasting him with music: "He's just a little plaything/ Why not wake him up?" Meanwhile, adults are shown drinking, dancing, daydreaming or napping, but not paying much attention to the children. Kalman uses a pseudochildish composition and styleimaginative and energetic, with lots of inventive asidesbut her art has a mean-spirited edge that takes its cue from the lyrics: "We want to make him stay up all night." This book has a definite appeal for hip adults, but it's not for the literal-minded child. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 A common theme, a new baby in the family, is housed in a unique package. Magic marker picto graphs on aqua-colored endpapers pre cede the brightly-colored expressionis tic illustrations which accompany the lyrics to a popular new wave song writ ten by the lead singer of the Talking Heads. The text, simple and repetitive, with a pounding beat and an irreverent outlook, begins, ``Mommy had a little baby. /There he is fast asleep. /He's just a little plaything. /Why not wake him up?'' The narrator, an older sibling, ex presses the jealousy and interest she feels towards the new baby. The mock ing tone of the text ridicules adult senti mentality by a juxtaposition of oppos ing views. The ambivalence the narrator feels for the new baby is also supported by the illustrations. The sis ter begs to hold the baby, but the following illustration shows her pulling the baby's hair. The emotional tone of the illustrations is upheaval and uncer tainty. Illustrations are in flat perspec tive and at unusual angles, so items of ten appear to be falling out of the frame. This high energy piece should appeal to children who are more honest about their fears and jealousies than adults. And the comforting resolution, brother, sister, baby, and dog finally alseep to gether, should soothe some of those real fears. Karen K. Radtke, Milwau kee Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffin books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (October 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140507914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140507911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
David Byrne is the master of sarcasism and there is plenty of it to go around in just this song alone. A great, up beat, happy song with very open twist. This book not only captures this twist but even plays with it some more with great illustrations. This is a lot like other children's books that are filled with hidden meanings, that are sometimes downright scary. I am just happy that this marriage occured to one of my favorite Talking Heads songs. A great book!
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Format: Paperback
It has been many years since I have seen a copy of this book.. but I remember being a child in 1989 and recieving a free copy of it from a librarian for Christmas I think. I wasn't into the Talking Heads like I am now (I had no clue who they were). But I remember the story was crazy and the illustrations were equally as crazy, but still pretty cool. I did my first so-called "book report" in 1st grade on this book. As I grew older, I was introduced to the Talking Heads and became an avid fan. My copy of this book, this artifact from my youth, is somewhere in the endless realm of my attic. But if I ever have children, I will use this to introduce them to the Talking Heads.
Great find for children as well as a lighthearted read for adults. You don't have to be a David Byrne fanatic to love this stuff!
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Format: Hardcover
My mom used to read this book to me when I was little while playing the song in the background. Now, years later, I still enjoy the book, its art, and the band whose song inspired it.
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By allegradoodle on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book is great for any David Byrne lover. It was a gift for an avid childrens book collecter and he loved it.
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