Tuesday, July 05, 2011

ARE YOU AWAKE? by Sophie Blackall

Are You Awake?I am a huge fan of Sophie Blackall. I fell in love with her work when I first read
MEET THE WILD BOARS and was thrilled to see her illustrations in the IVY AND BEAN series.    ARE YOU AWAKE? is my new favorite--written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

This is a small book-the size matches the tiny child on the front cover.  A small, sweet book.  The story is collection of questions--question that a little boy asks his mother in the middle of the night.  His first question, of course, is, "Are you awake?"

The story follows along the conversation between a very wide-awake child and his not-so-awake mother.  The child is full of why questions and the mother patiently answers every one.

There is lots to love about this little book.  The questions that the little boy asks are so genuine and true. Parents and children will all be able to remember a time when a child woke up far too early and wanted to chat.  The illustrations show the love and understanding of the relationship between mother and child and celebrates the curiosity of childhood.

This book would make a fun read aloud as well as an interesting text to study as a writing mentor.  I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with this book immediately.

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