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Waking Upside Down Hardcover – May 1, 1996
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?What child, lying in bed staring up at the ceiling, has not imagined stepping over the top of the doorway, skirting the light fixtures, and staring down at the mere mortals below? With its star-filled endpapers and bunny-wallpaper title pages, this book explores and celebrates that favorite childhood fantasy. Morton goes to bed angry at his sisters and dreams he has flown up to the ceiling. Intrigued, he cannot resist investigating this upside-down paradise. Readers will enjoy his adventure, too, as Been's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations show them every viewpoint and angle. A crisis arises when Dad shows up for a midnight snack; the illustrations reinforce the text as readers are thrust down to ground view, back up to the ceiling, then back down as Morton worries that he'll be caught. But when Dad returns to bed without spying him, Morton cleans up his footprints and heads back to the ceiling and falls asleep. He wakes up in bed, but this time it's with a smile. Although the boy appears slightly demonic at times, and the scene of him dancing with the ceiling fan pushes the point too far, this is a story every dreamer will enjoy. The artist's slightly dusky palette makes for a perfect night setting. To get every angle, view the pictures twice: right side up the first time, and upside down the second.?Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 6^-9. Furious at the injustice of being bumped from a big bedroom to a smaller one, Morton gets a new perspective when he wakes up during the night on his ceiling. While the rest of the house remains as usual, with the furniture on the floor and the water in the toilet, Morton finds he can take a tour by walking on the ceiling. He spies his dad slurping juice straight from the carton and makes faces at his sleeping sisters before returning to bed a much happier boy. The story, with its Chris Van Allsburg overtones, will appeal to older picture-book readers, who will pick up on the jokes and relish the adventure. The illustrations are appropriately mysterious, if oppressive, but good reading light will be required for seeing the dark text on dark blue pages. Susan Dove Lempke
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I was asked to read a picture book to some elementary school students and I'm going to read this book and then suggest that the students draw their own bedroom ceilings and what they would do if they woke up on the ceiling!